Glory

“I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word; that they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me.

“The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one; I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me.

“Father, I desire that they also, whom You have given Me, be with Me where I am, so that they may see My glory which You have given Me, for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.

“O righteous Father, although the world has not known You, yet I have known You; and these have known that You sent Me; and I have made Your name known to them, and will make it known, so that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.” (John 17:20-26)

One evening, nearly two thousand years ago, Jesus himself got down on his knees and prayed specifically for you and asked his Father to give you the glory that the Father had given to him.

What is glory? Glory is the consequence of actual accomplishment. True glory belongs to victors, to those who perform admirably far beyond expectation or what is required. The basic sense of “glory” is the radiance and brightness of light.

What is the glory that God has given you? The glory that Jesus has from the Father. How so? Because what we do, our accomplishments, are all thanks to him. We have become one with him and one with the Father. What they have, we have. What they are, we are. The glory that Jesus got the Father to give you is the glory of accomplishing his will, just like Jesus did. Of living righteously, just like Jesus did. Of living for others, just like Jesus did. Our righteousness isn’t our doing, it is his doing.

You do not think too highly of yourself. You do not think highly enough!

Pride, boasting, arrogance grow not from genuine greatness, but from insecurity. When the gold medal winner tells his mom that he won, he is not boasting. He is merely describing what is. True glory eliminates boasting.

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About R.P. Nettelhorst

I'm married with three daughters. I live in southern California and I'm the interim pastor at Quartz Hill Community Church. I have written several books. I spent a couple of summers while I was in college working on a kibbutz in Israel. In 2004, I was a volunteer with the Ansari X-Prize at the winning launches of SpaceShipOne. Member of Society of Biblical Literature, American Academy of Religion, and The Authors Guild
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