Because today is Sunday and a lot of us have been in the word in our home churches. I am only going to post a couple of verses. This does not let you off the hook from studying the Chapter today though.
16Jesus answered them, and said, My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me.
17If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.
18He that speaketh of himself seeketh his own glory: but he that seeketh his glory that sent him, the same is true, and no unrighteousness is in him.
37In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.
38He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.
39(But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)
40Many of the people therefore, when they heard this saying, said, Of a truth this is the Prophet.
What stood out to me in these key scriptures is the word glory. I went to dictionary.com and found these descriptions for the word glorify:
1. To give glory, honor, or high praise to; exalt.
2. To cause to be or seem more glorious or excellent than is actually the case: Your descriptions have glorified an average house into a mansion.
3. To give glory to, especially through worship.
This was a critical time in Jesus' life. He knew His time to die for us was about to come. He knew those who claimed to love Him would turn their backs on Him even after all they had seen Him do and say. Too many men do things for their own glory but Jesus was doing it all for the glory of the Father who sent Him. He pressed on because He knew in death, He would have greater glory. We are living witnesses to that. We didn't live when Jesus walked the earth but yet we believe Him and worship Him. So what does this mean for us? It means that we too will have greater glory once we die. Not the physical death but the spiritual death we go through when we give our lives to Christ. But the glory won't be our own but done in the name of our Savior and in doing so we are the righteous of the Lord. We become more excellent than we ever were when we die to our old selves and become who Christ has called us to be. Praise Him and give God some glory!!!
Tonight in your journal, I want you to sum up how your week went. Think about the things that worked well and those things you would like to work on. Make a pledge to give God even more glory by getting rid of any distractions that may have been hindrances this past week. One week down in the name of the Father and 2 more to go. Be blessed. Q