By: Dr. Rebecca Quam
“…To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.” II Peter 3:18
On the human side of things, people tend to receive glory in one of three ways: their position (a president or king), their character (a good man), or their accomplishments (winner of a race). Scripture indicates all three apply to God.
John 1:14 exemplifies the first two reasons for having glory. “… We have seen His glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” Jesus receives glory for His position as the only Son of the Father and for His character in being full of grace and truth.
Later, in John 17:1, 4-5, we see a similar theme, but also the inclusion of glory obtained through His work here on Earth. “Father, the hour has come; glorify Your Son, that the Son may glorify You… I glorified You on the earth, having accomplished the work which You have given Me to do. Now, Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was.”
Sometimes I have a tendency to focus on one aspect of His glory to the detriment of the others. Sometimes it is easier to remember to glorify God for what He has done in saving us or to focus more on his character and attributes. Instead, I try to remember to give God the glory in all three ways; to broaden my focus and seek to find new reasons to give Him the glory.
Lord, reveal yourself to me in new ways that I may give you even greater Glory.