For His Glory

“My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I, too am working…I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does. For the Father loves the Son and shows him all he does… By myself I can do nothing…I seek not to please myself but him who sent me”
John 5:17,19-20,30 (NIV)

In the Christian faith, the Father and the Son go hand in hand. As a Christian, you can’t believe in one and not the other. No one comes to the Father except through Jesus (John 14:6). While on earth, Jesus sought to willingly and obediently accomplish the Father’s purposes. He didn’t come to seek his own glorification, or to accomplish his own agenda, but he came to serve and please his heavenly Father. None of the works he accomplished on earth could have been possible without his Father.

Ephesians 2:10 says “We are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” We don’t receive our salvation through works—it is through grace we have been saved. Rather, we are His creation, the work of His hand, and we have been called to good works.

We have been called into the family of God—we are His children. As His children, He is so worthy of our love, our obedience, and our desire to accomplish the works that He has prepared for us to do. By ourselves, we can do nothing, but with God, all things are possible. We should not be seeking after our own glory, but the glory of our heavenly Father. He alone is worthy!

Lord, thank you for sending your Son to walk the earth. When I look at the love and obedience Jesus had for you, I am even more encouraged to run after you. I pray that I will put my selfish desires aside, and seek to fully desire your will and your glory. I want to follow you, I want to accomplish your purposes, and I want to love you with all of my heart.