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All I have is yours, and all you have is mine. And my glory is shown through them. John 17:10 (NCV)

From the beginning of time Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God, the Messiah, the one who created the universe and all that is in it has had one goal in mind: to shine through you. His every thought, his every action has been directed towards making you shine! In Jesus eyes, it really IS all about you.

Imagine that! Think about how important that makes you. Think of all the other things Jesus could have been thinking about. Yet, as he was kneeling in the garden, just hours from being brutally executed for your sin so that you could be pardoned, his final thoughts were for you.

He doesn’t ask for a reprieve although he certainly could have had it. He doesn’t ask that everyone will remember all his wonderful miracles. He asks that the glory he and his father share would shine through you. Amazing.

What does that look like? What does it look like when his glory shines through you? For Moses it meant that his face shined so brightly and intensely that the people asked him to cover his face in their presence. He didn’t even realize his face was glowing but the people did.

For Jesus, on the Mount of Transfiguration (Luke 9:27-36) we are told that his face changed and his clothes began to shine. The experience for those looking on was so great they wanted to build shrines there so they could always come back and remember what they saw.

I don’t know what his glory shining through you might mean. It might mean you finally forgive yourself for the harm you’ve done to others. It might mean you forgive someone for the harm you’ve done them, for your sake, not theirs. It might mean you forgive God for not doing things the way you wanted him to.

His glory shining through you isn’t something you can do on your own, it’s something that naturally occurs when you’ve been with Jesus. His glory shining through you isn’t something you see when you look in the mirror, but it’s something others see when they serve you at the coffee shop, or meet you on the street or cut you off in traffic.

When Jesus came to earth over 2,000 years ago he came to show his glory through you through new life. When Jesus died and rose from the dead he came to show his glory through you in forgiveness. He didn’t come to glorify himself, or even the father. He came because it’s all about you.

PRAYER: Lord Jesus, I’m in awe today as I contemplate the meaning of this verse. I’m so thankful that you love me so much that you only think of me. I’m so burdened the weight of life, so worried about tomorrow. My thoughts center on what I can see, touch, feel and hear on earth. Help me to show your glory. May others know I’ve been with you by my actions, my words and my deeds. Amen.


And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross! Philippians 2:8

Jesus tells a story about a merchant who, in his travels, found something of such value that he returned home and sold everything he had so he could have this one, prized possession. Nothing else mattered in life once he acquired it. Whatever the object was, it didn’t do anything to attract the man’s attention. Even so, it was precious enough to pursue.

What could be so valuable that you’d give everything to own it? What could be so important that you would risk everything you had to keep this in your possession? What could one feel so passionate about that they would pursue it with such tenacity? The answer, quite frankly is you.

You see, when the Roman soldiers walked with Jesus to the hill of Calvary it wasn’t their swords that prodded Jesus along the way. It was God. It wasn’t the hands of the executioner that held Jesus’ hands in preparation for the blow of the hammer on the nail. It was Jesus’ Father. It wasn’t the jeers and verbal harassment that caused him to feel so alone as he hung there dying. It was the fact that his Heavenly Father turned his back on him that cause the most pain. The nails and sword didn’t hold him to the, love did. It was an extreme, intense, passionate love for you that kept him on the cross.

The next time you question if you are loved, remember the cross. The next time you feel you are of no value, remember what was price was paid to purchase you. The next time you think you’ve gone to far, made too many mistakes, rebelled one too many times, remember what held Jesus to the cross. His Father, your Heavenly Father, the creator sustainer of the universe put him there so he  could enjoy you for eternity.

Could God have rescued his son from the tree that day on Calvary? You bet he could, but then He’d never have been able to call you his own. God loves you passionately and Jesus death on the cross is an eternal reminder of his love and forgiveness. Live today as the cherished possession you are.

PRAYER: Father God, thank you for loving me so much that you gave all you had to  make me your own. I’m so unworthy of the grace and forgiveness you have given me. As I go throughout my day help me to remember the price you paid. Remind me of my value in your eyes. Empower me to live for you in light of your great eternal love for me. In the name of Jesus my Lord I pray, Amen.

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