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The Lenten Journey: That Thou May Be Glorified

Saint John 17:1-5

There is an old gospel song that I used to hear my grandmother play on the old kitchen radio. It never failed that most Sunday mornings as I would scramble to get dressed, so that I may have more time to indulge in the morning feast, this song would come on. It was called “Lord I have done done what you told me to do.” Although the title was grammatically incorrect, the message of the song out weighed the awkward structure of the title itself. The Spiritualaires wanted to convey a message in the simplest way they knew how, and that was to say: “Lord I’ve done what was asked.” Here in our text, Jesus is saying the same thing however, he is also making a request. Jesus starts this conversation with his father, by informing him that “I have done what you sent me here to, now glorify me so that I may glorify you.” What is the meaning of this glorify talk?

The word glory is a verb, which means it possesses action, and it is used in regards to one having done something that is honorable and recognizable. To glorify an individual is to simply put in action the high level of pride, and pleasure one has found in the person. Christ having completed the task set before him seeks the approval of his father, by means of his praise for the work he’s completed.

Above all, his main concern is that he seeks the praise of his father for the work that he has completed as well as seeking the approval of his father. Here is our point of departure, in all that we do for God, regardless of the fact that he is the one who is doing the asking; we must still seek his approval. Never allow yourself to become comfortable in your service to God; there should always be a healthy level of humility towards the things of God. Of course Christ finished his task, its Jesus we are talking about, but in reality he is a son, and the son always seeks the approval of the father.

Let us continue our Lenten journey by taking in full perspective the actions of Jesus Christ, that regardless of who we are, we are still someone’s child, and every child seeks to be glorified for the work they’ve done, as well as to glorify the one doing the asking.

Brandon A. A. J. Davis

THE LENTEN JOURNEY: THE ROAD AHEAD

Our journey is now approaching Palm Sunday. We are preparing to rip the palms from the tree again to praise God. Remember, there were those there who tried to stop the praise parade and couldn’t. Don’t stop the praise. Start now, beloved.

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  1. Pastor Delphine Lynetta Vasser says:

    Truly enjoyed your devotional, and May God continue to bless your ministry.

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