Reading: John 17-18
Summary: Jesus’ final words for the apostles from the upper room are His great prayer (17). This is often referred to as his “High Priestly” prayer. If any of His prayers deserve the title “Lord’s Prayer” this is the one.
Next, John begins to lay out the events of Jesus’ arrest and trial.
Glory to God
You already know this, but God deserves praise and glory. It’s what He continually receives in heaven. “Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power” (Rev. 4:11). “Glory to God in the highest” was the angel’s opening line in announcing Jesus’ birth to the shepherds (Luke 2:14). The Psalms are absolutely filled with the same message, “Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord, O my soul! I will praise the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praises to my God while I have my being. (Psa. 146:1-2).
We know that, but do we know this, how we are to praise God?
Apparently, one way is to say it. The Bible itself says it a lot and records these words often on the lips of men. But God being praised is not measured by how often or how loud one might say it.
Jesus praised God, obviously. How so? “I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do” (John 17:4). There it is. God is glorified when we do what He expects us to do. It’s just like Jesus is Lord, not when we call Him that but when we do what He says (Luke 6:46).
What is the work God’s given us to do? When Jesus was asked that specific question, He said, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.” (John 6:28-29). Believing in Him always entails our obedience (John 3:36), just as loving Him is impossible unless we obey Him (John 14:15).
So, glorify God? He deserves nothing but. Whether or not it happens comes back to my own willingness to do His work. Can we say, “I have glorified You having accomplished the work You gave me to do”?