Monday, August 6

Seek God’s glory

Scripture: Habakkuk 1-3, John 8

John 8:50 I do not seek my own glory; there is one who seeks it and judges.

John 8:54 “If I glorify myself,” Jesus answered, “my glory is nothing.  My Father…He is the one who glorifies me.”  

Observation

Jesus did what the Father wanted and always sought the Father’s glory.  Rather than glorifying Himself, Jesus glorified the Father, and knew that the Father would glorify Him.  This is a constant theme in John; for example:

John 7:18 The one who speaks on his own seeks his own glory; but he who seeks the glory of the one who sent him is true, and there is no unrighteousness in him.”

The Son seeks the Father’s glory; the Father seeks the Son’s glory.  This is another beautiful expression of the love relationship between the Father and Son (in the Trinity).  Each member of the Trinity glorifies the other, loves the other.  It’s about the other, not me.  God is a relationship, and he invites us into the relationship.  We are called to join this selfless life of love.

Application

This spoke to me because I am often involved in image management—I am concerned about my own glory, what others think of me.  Jesus didn’t worry about that—He left that in the Father’s hands.  His only concern was to glorify the Father.  I can do that.  I can make God’s glory my one concern, and then trust Him with my life and reputation.  

What does it look like for me to seek God’s glory in everything today?  

  • Live JOY: Jesus, Others, You.
  • Constantly point others to God.
  • Do what God wants.
  • Praise Him with my lips and my life.
  • Eschew my own image management, and seek His glory instead.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, you did this, so show me how to do it.  I want to live today for the glory of God.