We live glory. We love to see it, to give it, and, yes, to receive it. This is how we have been designed.
The problem comes in when the object of our glory is less than glorious or is glorified for something beyond the scope of its inherent glory.
Time and again I've discussed glory (twice last week). I struggle with glory--giving it and wanting it for myself. ButI see more clearly now that the glorying isn't the problem, though the object might be.
I can empathize with the Pharisees, both the ones that believed in Jesus and the ones that rejected him. Both groups had glory issues and object-of-glory issues.
John describes the unbelief of the people (and the Pharisees) in his gospel continually. In 12:36-43 he tells of Jesus' hiding himself for the people, likely because several sought to kill him as they had before (John 8:59 and 10:31ff). Many just can't believe and some are afraid to let it be know that they believe:
"Nevertheless, many even of the authorities believed in him, but for fear of the Pharisees they did not confess it, so that they would not be put out of the synagogue; for they loved the glory that comes from man more than the glory that comes from God." (John 12:42-43)
See where the glory is? In the whole of the passage, we know the glory is actually--really and truly--in Jesus. In the part I've quoted we see the glory and power the people and "even the authorities" fear: the Pharisees. They fear the leaders. They fear being kicked out of the formal company of people, that is, the synagogue. This is a legitimate concern, but if the object of synagogue worship is right there and is clearly glorious and a person is more concerned with the other so-called worshippers' opinion, there is a grave problem of heart and mind in these believers.
But I won't judge them to condemn; I'm merely judge to assert that I'm like them.
Today, I ask you: are you a glory lover? Can you admit it? Who's glory do you love and seek?