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This is the second post in a short series from John 1:14 on what Jesus’ incarnation means to our own ministries on earth. Read the first post here: the word became flesh.
The Word became flesh, and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. — John 1:14
We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father.
Christ came to earth so God’s glory could be displayed to mankind through him. We didn’t — and couldn’t truly — know what the Father looked like until Jesus made him known to us (see v. 18). And now, in the person of Jesus, we have seen the glory of God.
We should ourselves, then, always strive to demonstrate to others the glory of God. Our lives should be a witness to his beauty and greatness, our actions a signpost of his fame and renown.
We exist to glorify God and to point others to his glory. If I am called by Christ’s name and, yet, God is not glorified in my life — or in the lives of others because of me — I am necessarily robbing God of his glory.
- If my life is no different than the lives of those around me, I am robbing God of his glory.
- If I am unwilling to let go of sin, I am robbing God of his glory.
- If I am refusing to grant Jesus lordship over every aspect of my life, I am robbing God of his glory.
- If I am not claiming — and living out — the promises of God, I am robbing him of his glory.
- If my ministry is bringing glory to myself, it is God’s glory which I am claiming as my own.
- If my church claims its events and programs are responsible for non-Christians coming to know God, we are robbing God of his glory.
- If I claim it is by my own power that I have joy and peace, I am robbing God of his glory.
Let me end with John (the Baptist)’s words from John 3:30 (one who lived his entire life in the shadow of the glory of Christ — just as should we):
He must become greater; I must become less.