Today's Lectionary Text
After Jesus had spoken these words, he looked up to heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son so that the Son may glorify you, since you have given him authority over all people, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. And this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. I glorified you on earth by finishing the work that you gave me to do. So now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had in your presence before the world existed.
“I have made your name known to those whom you gave me from the world. They were yours, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. Now they know that everything you have given me is from you; for the words that you gave to me I have given to them, and they have received them and know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me.
Eternal life, are we there, is this what we strive for after we are gone, or do we live it each day? Do we prayerfully seek God’s guidance in achieving eternal life? Is eternal life a prize for us, something we’ve earned after a life of serving God? Read John 17: 2-3 again. Jesus came to show us who God is and to show us his glory. God’s glory, shown through Jesus Christ, is teaching us to live in God’s glory each day. Did Jesus hide his glory from us, keeping it under a rock or hidden in a closet? Do we hide what Jesus has taught us, or do we, like Jesus, live our lives glorifying God?
It’s a struggle for me to think that the choices I make each day can be to truly glorify God or to hide that glory and not share it. Do I need to spend more time meditating or in prayer? Do I need to not be so selfish and share what I know? When will I grow up and be a responsible adult? If I seem to be continually striving to live as God would have me to, does this mean I am a failure because I haven’t achieved that goal? But if I didn’t question or seek advice about my actions or choices each day, I would become stale and fail to learn from my mistakes. I would think I was perfect and didn’t need any guidance or education. Some people think eternal life is perfection; but for me it’s living each day in a relationship with God, learning how to better myself, to have a better understanding of what Jesus was saying in scripture.
Jesus came so that I may know God, to experience him through relationships, through the many choices I make, through sickness and health, through sorrow and joy, through sharing with others and learning from others. We are not to hide the glory of God under a rock or lock it in a closet! We are to live it each and every day, through all that we experience. What a blessing, what a gift!
Shared from the 2013 Wellsville (Kansas) UMC Lenten devotional
Prayer for Reflection
Dear God, may we experience the glory you have shown us through your son, Jesus Christ. How wonderful a gift, to live life eternal. I pray that I might be a beacon for you, to show the world what Jesus came to earth to teach us. Glory to God! In Jesus Christ’s name I pray, Amen.
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