Doing all for the glory of God
27 “Now my soul is greatly distressed. And what should I say? ‘Father, deliver me from this hour’? No, but for this very reason I have come to this hour. 28 Father, glorify your name.” Then a voice came from heaven, “I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.”
Jesus clearly knew the reason for which he came into this world. He came and showed us the way to please the Father. He taught His disciples the principles of the Kingdom. He brought the kingdom of God to earth in power, in healing the sick and raising the dead. But the ultimate reason He came was to die for our sins—becoming sin’s sacrifice for the entire world.
This was not an easy task for Jesus to accept. The thought of dying a criminal’s death and taking the sin of the world upon himself was very troubling. The perfect, sinless Son of God was to become sin for our sake, so that we could be forgiven and be free.
As Jesus struggles with the thought of the cross. He asks himself the question, “…what should I say? ‘Father, deliver me from this hour’? He then responds to himself, ‘No, but for this very reason I have come to this hour.’”
Jesus could not remove himself from the cross because He came for the very purpose of redeeming humanity, pouring out His life so that we could have a new life. Jesus submits to the will of the Father because He had one motivating desire. He wanted the name of His Father to be glorified on earth. He wanted His life to bring glory to God. He surrenders to the will of God and prays, “Father, glorify your name.” Jesus was willing to go to the cross and suffer for the world. But He had one request. He asked that the name of His heavenly Father would be glorified.
God responds and confirms the desire of Jesus, concerning His name, “I have glorified it, and will glorify it again.” The highest, purest, desire is to bring glory to God. As followers of Christ we are to glorify God through our lives and find pleasure in doing it. We are to follow the example of Jesus, and above all else, seek to glorify our Heavenly Father. All that we do and all that we say, as we daily surrender to His grace, we are to do for the glory of God. As the redeemed of God, this is now our purpose. We belong to Him and we are to daily, humbly, walk with Jesus and to seek to do everything for His honor.
Let us pray: Help me, Heavenly Father, to summit to your will for my life. Help me, by your grace, to live like your Son. Help me to surrender to your will, during the difficult times in my life, learning to trust you. Place within my heart a desire to honor you with my life. Let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart, all that I say and do, bring honor to your name. May your name be glorified through my life, I pray. Amen.
J & A