Is God’s glory our highest motivation?
John saw the glorification of Jesus with his own eyes. Imagine that. John was there for the transfiguration. John saw the glory of Jesus! John has some good news for me.
The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood. We saw the glory with our own eyes, the one-of-a-kind glory, like Father, like Son, generous inside and out, true from start to finish.John 1:14 (The Message Bible)
The good news (aka gospel) of John is so different from the other 3. John has a clearly different take. John is known as “the one Jesus loved”. We had the 500, the 120, the 72, the 12, the 3, and the 1. John didn’t place himself there. Jesus did. John deserves to be heard in a unique way.
Who is the King of Glory? King David is a warrior King. He spent much of his life fighting to secure Israel and establish God’s rule there. David, while an earthly King, knows who the real King is. Jesus is the King of Glory! Now that is some good news!
Lift up your heads, O gates, And be lifted up, O ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in! Who is the King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, The Lord mighty in battle. | Psalm 24:7-8
We serve a beautiful, majestic, and amazing King!
Good news. Jesus is the King of Glory!
Where is our enthusiasm for God and His marvelous works? Why don’t we shout it out? Do we long for an encore? What is it about God’s glory that causes us to stand in awe? Are we ready to stand at attention and salute the King of Glory?
Bravo, God, bravo!
Gods and all angels shout, “Encore!”
In awe before the glory,
in awe before God’s visible power.
Stand at attention! | Psalm 29:1-2 (The Message Bible)
Jesus the Messiah’s beauty, radiance and splendor reflects the glory of the Father. It is both revealed to and reflected in the lives of believers.
We hear about the glory of God a lot in both the old and new testaments. I think of it as the stunning and the amazing nature of God. It should overwhelm me. We should stand in awe. Do we?
Because the human heart is very deceitful (Jeremiah 17:9), we can easily fool ourselves about our own motives. We can pretend that we are choosing certain actions for God or the benefit of others, when in reality we have selfish reasons. God is not fooled by our selfishness and is “a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12).
The Bible has a lot to say about my motives. A motive is the underlying reason for any action. Proverbs 16:2 says,
“All a person’s ways seem pure to them, but motives are weighed by the MASTER.”
Glory of Jesus
Jesus the Messiah’s beauty, radiance and splendor reflects the glory of the Father. It is both revealed to and reflected in the lives of believers. We hear about the glory of God a lot in both the old and new testaments. I think of it as the stunning and the amazing nature of God. It should overwhelm me. We should stand in awe. Do we?