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Devotional - week of December 11, 2005


TO GOD BE THE GLORY

 

I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do.  John 17:4

 

In this prayer, Jesus told His Father that He had glorified Him on earth by doing the works that He, the Father, had sent Him to do. In John 14:10 Jesus testifies that the Father had done the work through Him. Read the passage.

 

The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works.

 

When Jesus taught others or when He performed miracles, it was the Father in Him that did the teaching and the working of miracles. Jesus never took the initiative to do anything. However, He was always available for the Father to work through Him.

 

First Corinthians 10:31 says:

 

… whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

 

Just as Jesus glorified the Father on earth by finishing the work the Father had given Him to do, we can do the same today. When we continually permit the Father to have full access to our lives, He will be glorified through us. In Matthew 5:16 Jesus says:

 

Let your light shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

 

We can also glorify the Lord with our voices by singing songs of praise and by praying prayers of praise. We can praise the Lord in our conversations when someone tells us about a blessing they have received from the Lord. We can glorify Him when we tell others about a blessing we have received.

 

When the Lord glorifies Himself by using us in any way, we must always remember God's words in Isaiah 42:8 which read:

 

I am the Lord, that is My name; And My glory I will not give to another …

 

One of the most frustrating desires in of our lives is the desire of our flesh to have some glory for ourselves. We can thank God that there is freedom from this haunting desire through living out our oneness with Christ.