Should this be the all-encompassing cry of our heart to Father?
John 17:1 – These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee:
Think on this; if the child of God can consistently do that which truly glorifies Father, would he/she not be fulfilling every command of the Word of God? Would he/she not be living a life that is perfectly pleasing to the Lord? I tell you the answer to both those questions is a resounding “YES!”
With that in mind, I offer you another question. Could it be that in many places, our prayers for what we thought would be pleasing to Father have, in truth, only been a minute portion of such a great work? I can assure you that no single person other than Jesus could fulfill such a monumental task. ONLY Jesus could do that. ONLY Jesus did that. But NOW, THROUGH Jesus, each of us can fulfill our part as a member of His body to universally fulfill that order.
And though we realize personal limitations through our individuality, understanding that no person living on this planet, has the capacity to alone fulfill such a task, should it not be the cry of our heart that our Father would glorify us in such a manner that we would be enabled to perfectly please Him in the talents, abilities, and giftings He has placed in our lives? In my travels and almost five decades of ministry, I am convinced more than ever that the church, through its individual members, is sadly remiss in working toward the end I address. I am not pointing my finger at anyone, but taking into account the responsibility that has been entrusted to every believer who has ever walked, or will ever walk this earth, and especially myself.
I call on you today to examine your heart, your motives, the calling our Lord has placed upon and within your life, and having done so, to consider the possible changes you might make in your prayers and labors to walk and live in a manner fully pleasing to your Father as it is possible in your life alone. Do not compare yourself to others. Rather, examine yourself in the light of God’s Word as you see yourself reflected by the mirror of His Word in the image He would have you live. Seek the deep and ever-abiding inward guidance of Holy Spirit in this quest, for a quest is truly what this will become. Pursue your complete identity in Him, follow after it, strive to live in it, and let the cry of your heart be that you be glorified by Father so you can glorify Him.
Manna for Today – John 17: Matthew 5:13-16; John 15:8; Romans 15:6; 1 Peter 2:12; 1 Peter 4:16; 1 Corinthians 6:20; 2 Corinthians 9:13; John 17:22; Romans 8:17; John 14:12-14; Mark 16:15-20