“What Jesus Demands From The World” – Daily Devotional (7/24/10): Demand #47 “Let Your Light Shine Before Others That They May Glorify Your Father Who Is In Heaven”

Matthew 5: 13-16

You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet. You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”

Mark 9:50

“Salt is good, but if the salt has lost its saltiness, how will you make it salty again? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.”

“The demand that we let our light shine before the world has a goal: that people might give glory to our Father who is in heaven. So ultimately, the demand is that we seek to glorify God by letting our light shine. It is fitting then that we devote this chapter to the importance of this goal: the glorifying of God. In the following chapter we will see what it means to let our light shine (pg. 350).”

“The first thing that Jesus demands that we pray is that our Father’s name be hallowed. “Pray then like this: ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name’” (Matt. 6:9). In saying this, Jesus signals that his first passion is—and our first passion should be—the manifest holiness of God… Nothing in the universe is more valuable than the glory of God. Seeing the connection between the hallowing of God’s name as the first passion of Jesus and the glory of God as the supreme value in the universe shows that there is no conflict between these two. Hallowing God’s name and glorifying God are largely the same act… We love to look at glory. We were made to enjoy seeing it. This is why Jesus came into the world. He came to reveal the glory of God more fully than nature ever had (John 1:14) and to die in our place so that we could be saved from God’s wrath in order to enjoy forever the glory of God’s grace (John 3:14-15, 36; 17:24) and to awaken in us a desire for that glory so that we do not perish in our blind love affair with the glory of sin (John 3:19). Jesus consciously aimed to reveal the glory of God. His actions and words were designed to fulfill prophecies like this: “The people dwelling in darkness have seen a great light, and for those dwelling in the region and shadow of death, on them a light has dawned” (Matt. 4:16). He said, “As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world” (John 9:5; cf. 8:12). That is, he revealed the brightness of God’s glory as never before and by this light put everything in truthful perspective.

Jesus displayed the glory of God in accomplishing what God had given him to do. So he prayed to his Father at the end of his life, “I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do” (John 17:4). That work included many miracles during his life and the great final work of redemption when he died and rose again… His work was to display the greatness and the beauty of the full range of God’s perfections… Back and forth goes the work of the Father and the Son in glorifying each other in the act of salvation. If we have seen that the Son glorifies the Father, and the Father responds by glorifying the Son, the reverse is also true. “Father,” Jesus says, “the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you” (John 17:1; 12:27-28). When Jesus is glorifying the Father in his death, it is the Father at work glorifying the Son as well; and when the Father glorifies the Son in his resurrection and exaltation, it leads to the Son glorifying the Father as well. This mutual display of the glory of God in the work of the Father and of the Son is the supreme passion of their hearts… The central work of the Spirit is to continue the great work of glorifying the Father and the Son. He does that by opening our spiritual eyes to see the truth and beauty of who Jesus is and what he has already done in his life and death and resurrection (John 3:3, 8; Matt. 16:17). When we see him for who he is, we are drawn to trust him and worship him and obey him. (pg. 351-354).”

*** Please check out “Show Me Your Glory” by Third Day, which focuses on Moses’ (and ours) desire to see God more clearly and to look for his glory in our everyday lives.

Blessings,

Pastor Josh

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