John 11:4 (NKJV) …that the Son of God may be glorified through it.”
One of the greatest tests of character is giving your best effort to make someone else look good.
If our hard work feathers our own nest, then it makes sense. If our great exertion and sacrifice wins us the accolades and applause, then the effort makes sense.
Of course, the best of us don’t mind sharing the credit. Being on a winning team can also be rewarding.
But to spend our all for the sole benefit of someone else. To sacrifice our desires, career, and income so that someone else will be promoted and prosper—now that’s a pretty big pill to swallow.
But that is exactly what God wants. What truly pleases the Father is that his Son receives the glory in everything that happens.
In light of that, there are three great questions of life that should govern the Christian’s decisions and deeds:
FIRST: How would Jesus do it?
- And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus. (Colossians 3:17)
SECOND: What would Jesus want?
- And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men. (Colossians 3:23)
THIRD: How can I do this so that Jesus gets the glory?
- When Jesus heard that, He said, “This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified through it.” (John 11:4)
- The ONE THING for today: Of course I’m sure you’ve connected the dots, but just in case, let me state the conclusion of the matter: It is when we make our lives about Jesus receiving the glory that we truly experience life at its fullest.
Philippians 3:7-8 (NKJV)
7 But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. 8 Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ.
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