Weekly Devotional

Seeking Glory

John 7:1-30
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John+7%3A1-30&version=NKJV

“He who speaks from himself seeks his own glory; but He who seeks the glory of the One who sent Him is true, and no unrighteousness is in Him.” (vs. 18)

     As we begin the Lenten season of prayer, fasting, almsgiving, and service today, this is a very fitting scripture to read and contemplate.  When Jesus speaks these words in the 18th verse of John 7, he is teaching in the temple during a Jewish feast. A question is raised about his authority. In reply to this question of authority Jesus says “He who speaks from himself seeks his own glory, but he who seeks the glory of the One who sent him is true.” As I read these words in light of the coming Lenten season, I wonder “for whom do I speak?” Do I speak for myself in order to gain my own glory or do I seek to glorify Christ?

     In Lent, we practice spiritual disciplines in order to draw closer to God. It is a time of self-reflection. It is a time to repent of our sin and prepare to experience resurrection anew in our lives.  One way we can reflect on our own lives and righteousness (or lack thereof) is to ask ourselves this question-“who am I seeking to glorify.”  As I smile and pay a compliment to a stranger is my goal to glorify Christ or be known and viewed as a “good person.” As I participate in the life of the church through service, am I doing so in order to be exulted before other Christians and lifted up as an example of holiness, or am I doing so in order to glorify Christ. As I speak to another human being, is what I am saying glorifying God or does it merely serve to reflect who I am? Jesus of course was the only person to perfectly fulfill the law. When he spoke and when he acted he did so to glorify God and there was no unrighteousness in him. He sets a high example for us to attain. As we reflect this Lenten season, we can celebrate and rejoice with God in the moments where we seek the glory of God AND we can confess and repent of the moments where we seek our own glory.  In doing so we will share in this season with Christ and it will indeed be a holy season of drawing near to HIM.

 

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