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Glorifying Jesus

Glorifying Jesus

In Mark 10:35 two of the disciples of Jesus make a shocking statement,

“And James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came up to him and said to him, “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.”

Can you imagine going to Jesus and telling Him that you want Him to do whatever you ask? Just a few verses before in the very same chapter is the account of Jesus interacting with the rich young ruler. The man seems to be seeking to be a follower of Jesus but in the end, walks away because He is unwilling to sacrifice for the kingdom. He wants Jesus to be a part of building up his kingdom, he doesn’t want to have to sacrifice to build up Jesus’s. You would think surely the disciples would have learned from that encounter but yet here they are telling, even demanding that Jesus do whatever they tell Him to do.

Their statement and attitude are certainly appalling but if we are honest it is the very same perspective that many of us struggle with about Jesus. We want Jesus to fix all our problems, to give us everything we want, to simply do whatever we tell Him to do. If He loves us then surely He would do that right?

The truth is Jesus loves us far more than we could ever imagine and He loves us enough to give us what is best for us, not just what we want.”

We exist to build Jesus’s Kingdom, He doesn’t exist to build ours.

In a world that constantly puts self at the center of attention, it can be challenging to remember that this isn’t all about us. It’s all about Jesus. We exist for His glory. He doesn’t exist for our comfort, pleasure or even happiness. If in God’s sovereignty the best way He can use us to glorify His Son is to give us cancer or some other difficult trial then we should respond by asking “How can I glorify Jesus through this trial?” The goal of our lives is to glorify Him by taking part in building His kingdom.

In John 9 Jesus encounters a man who was born blind. The disciples want to know why this man is blind. They ask Jesus “Who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” They think surely this man or his parents must have done something horrible for him to deserve to be blind his whole life. Jesus gives a shocking response in verse 3,

“Jesus answered, “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him.”

The man was born blind not as a punishment for sin but so that He might be able to display the glory of God.

His blindness was not a burden to bear but rather an opportunity to glorify God.”

Do we view our circumstances with that perspective? Understanding that God wants to use our difficulties to glorify Jesus gives us true purpose in trials. We should seek to come to Jesus, not with the attitude of “You exist to give me want I want” but with a grateful heart that says “Jesus, use me anyway you want to display your glory.” We must remember that there is no greater purpose and cause then glorifying Christ and being a part of building His Kingdom.

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