Saturday, August 30, 2008

Journey of Sonship

Okay, gentlemen, now let as look at the journey of sonship in terms of the path of mutual Glory. Let me explain. When walking with God, we should do so not for our own sakes, but for the sake of the Heavenly Father. It is the mission of the Father we are to carry out. It is His itinerary we are called to sustain—all for His glory. Spiritually, every man desires to culminate his life in honor of his father; thus, those words of Jesus resound: “I have glorified thee on earth; having accomplished the work which thou gavest me to do” (Jn 17:4). Every man realizes there is something beyond himself that he is to accomplish. Whatever the mission, the Father bestows it, and it is He who is exalted when it is completed. Nonetheless, this glory, realized for the sake of the Father, was accomplished not simply in view of the work carried out by the Son, but by the Father’s own work in the Son. The glory of the Father was manifest in the Son, certainly in all His deeds, but especially in what the Father engendered in the Son. Glory was imparted to the Son to make the ultimate sacrifice, and in so doing, return the glory to His Father. “Before His death, he lifted up his eyes to heaven and said, 98Father, the hour has come; glorify thy Son that the Son may glorify thee,..’” (Jn 17:1). My brothers, you are called to glorify your Heavenly Father in all your words, in all your thoughts, and in all your actions—in your particular mission. But as with the Son, this glory will be brought out foremost through the Father’s work in you. To the Father be given the credit of glory: “If I glorify myself, my glory is nothing; it is my Father who glorifies me…” (Jn 8:54). Til our deaths, we will deeply yearn to give and receive this validating gift of glory. Ours is to allow it to channel both ways as best we can....

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