“Glory follows virtue as if it were its shadow.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero
Is it OK to do it for the glory?
What Cicero is really referring to is the recognition of glory. Glory is not glory that exists but is not perceived by another. It’s recognition that we want, whether from God or by extension from others.
I don’t think it’s enough just knowing that you are living a life of virtue. I don’t think it’s enough to know that you bear the image of God and in so doing you bear an amazing glory. Jesus had received glory from his father long before we ever came along. He was perceived and found to be glorious, and yet he had a lingering request. He wanted us to see it. He wanted that, and for some reason he didn’t have it.
“Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.” – John 17:24
We are faced with the question; will glory really follow? As it so often does, it comes down to faith. I believe it will follow, and it will be a kind of glory that we can hardly bear.