“And they glorified God because of me” (Galatians 1:24, ESV).
So said Paul of the Judean churches who did not know him, but yet had heard it said, “He who used to persecute us is now preaching the faith he once tried to destroy” (v. 23).
Paul was doing what Jesus said every disciple should do: show his good works and by them cause others to glorify God (Matthew 5:16).
I am to do the same. Show in my life the Lord’s presence and speak the gospel to others so that God may be glorified.
This is my mission. No other reason surpasses it.
When I turn from my own way to do the will of the Father, both Christians and naysayers will glorify God on the day of visitation, when Jesus returns (1 Peter 2:12). No, not all of them, for some will still speak evil of good. But enough of them will. If I don’t give up.
Jesus said that was his aim. “… for this purpose I have come to this hour. Father, glorify your name” (John 12:27b-28a). In spite of a troubled soul, in spite of temptation to veer away from the suffering, in spite of abandonment by disciples, in spite of a family’s misunderstanding.
“Father, glorify your name.”
It is a purpose, it is a prayer. And a prayer with an answer: “I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again” (v. 28b).
So I make Jesus’ words mine, and put his prayer on my lips.
And I wait to hear the answer, which, I know, will be the same as what Jesus heard.
And they glorified God because of me.
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