Summer vacation is here--along with many new opportunities to indulge (did you hear the words, "ice cream" and "sleep in?"). I'm so thankful for God's Word, that His mercies are new every morning. This is where I'm at today.
v. 31-32: Therefore when he had gone out, Jesus said, “Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified in Him; if God is glorified in Him, God will also glorify Him in Himself, and will glorify Him immediately.”
Impression: Jesus the Son and God the Father were glorified in the crucifixion. It doesn’t fit with our idea of being glorified. It didn’t fit the disciples’ idea, either. But God is God. If He glorified Jesus in His death and was magnified by it, He continues to be magnified. What do I know about God that makes sense of this? God is glorified when I depend on Him and when I choose to obey Him instead of self, just like Jesus did. Jesus obeyed to the point of death, physical death. The death I am called to is so much less. Every decision I make that is reliant on Him and places His decrees above my own desires glorifies Him. (Ps. 37:4-6, 7, 23-26).
Application: Whom will I choose to glorify today? Even the smallest decisions and tasks are opportunities to glorify God. How will I choose to put God ahead of myself? If I set my mind to think ahead and choose God instead of self….but, oooh, it is so hard in that moment! I need a Scripture verse for inertia. So perhaps even as I come to a trying decision to say, “Now is the Son of Man glorified....” If I can’t say it and mean it, it’s a “me” decision not a “Jesus” decision. If God will work change in me today, just today, I’ll tackle tomorrow when it comes…