You Have Been Given Glory!
You have been given the same glory that the Father gave the Son! (see John 17:22)
What is this glory? What glory did the Father give the Son? And now what glory have you been given?
Philip said to Jesus, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.”
Jesus then stated some amazing truths:
“The Father who dwells in me does his works.”
“Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me.”
The Father gave Himself to the Son. He lived in the Son. The glory is the very essence of the Father living in the Son, the presence of the Father in the Son.
Then Jesus gave the ultimate in jaw-dropping truth:
“I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.”
“In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you.”
(See John 14 for the above verses.)
Jesus gave Himself to us. He is the Glory!
Look at John 17:21-23:
The Father in me and I in them. (verse 21)
The glory that you have given me I have given to them. (verse 22)
I in them and you in me. (verse 23)
Twice Jesus stated the truth that the Father indwells him and that Jesus is in the believer. And in the middle of these amazing truths Jesus says that He gave us the glory that the Father gave Him.
The glory that Jesus has given us is His very life in us.
What glory do you see in Jesus?
He is loving, full of grace and truth, compassionate, humble, kind, merciful and He loved His own to the extent of dying for them on a cross.
What glory do you see in your brothers and sisters?
My default has been to see the sin and the weakness. What is your default when looking at people?
On a missions trip to Nicaragua some years ago, the Lord so clearly pointed out the glory in my team members. I saw a servant’s heart in one brother. A sister expressed the love of Christ to the children and adults we met. The joy and the humility of the Lord were made visible through my brothers and sisters serving one another and the people we met in Nicaragua.
If I intentionally looked for the glory, I saw it.
That was an eye-opening experience. Seeing God’s glory in others caused me to love and appreciate them more. God’s glory creates oneness with others and a desire to worship the Lord. That joyful experience of seeing Jesus in others still amazes and thrills me.
Sometimes the glory seems to be hidden from sight. But when we are suffering and in pain, feeling broken, the light of His presence shines even brighter.
I encourage you to look for the glory. Then share what you see. Draw out the glory by using your words to build up and give grace (Ephesian 4:29).
Others will see the glory of the Lord in you!
Describe the glory that you see in your brothers and sisters in the Lord.