Desiring the Glory of God

Desiring the Glory of God by Cesar Limon

“What do you want me to do for you?” he asked. They replied, “Let one of us sit at your right and the other at your left in your glory.” Mark 10:36-37

Great to be back from the 2017 PNW Marriage Retreat: You and Me Forever, so beautifully led by Rich and Hannah Hardy! In one word, the entire retreat was GLORIOUS! One concept from the speeches that hit me and has been on my heart was, “Marriage for your glory will not work…only a marriage to the Glory of God can be glorious!” It struck me and made me think of when Jesus turned around and asked the Sons of Thunder, James and John, the question we all want to hear from Jesus, “What do you want me to do for you?” They responded with the desire to see the Glory of Jesus, and thus the Glory of God! It always boggled my mind that Jesus did not disciple them for asking such a question, but then it hit me that they weren’t asking to see their glory but the Glory of Jesus! As disciples we must get out of our funk and begin to, like Moses, ask God to SHOW US HIS GLORY! Prayerfully this article encourages you to desire to see the Glory of God! What will it take for us to see this?

“Richard and Hannah did an amazing job leading this years Marriage Retreat!”

“Jesus replied, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me. “Now my soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour. Father, glorify your name!” (John 12:23-27).

Jesus’s hour to be glorified was not when the Jews wanted to make him King, nor when he was riding a donkey into the town, but his time to be glorified was when he was about to be crucified. He then taught all of his disciples that if they want to also see the Glory of God, they also need to die. They needed to hate their lives, follow Jesus down the Calvary road, and become servants. They would only see miracles if they took themselves out of the picture. Why is it that so often people’s most fruitful times are when they are young Christians? The answer is that when we died, we knew it had nothing to do with us and that we were simply doing everything for the Glory of God. After all, we were so grateful for that our sins were forgiven. For example, just this past month a sister named LaVonne was baptized and later went to go share the good news with her family. Then her husband and several others began to study the bible. The sisters studied the Bible with her daughter, and this past Wednesday Alonna was baptized! Amazingly LaVonne, a three-week-old disciple, began to study the Bible with her mother, Esther, and taught her all the way up to Light and Darkness by herself. She called Monique and let her know her mother wanted to get right with God, and a few days later on Sunday she was baptized. Because of LaVonne’s faith, there are now 3 generations of disciples in her family! This was Jesus’s promise: if you die you will bear much fruit, and this is to “my father’s glory!” Do you struggle with watching God work in your life? Maybe you need to realize it is not about you, but about the Glory of God!

“Amazingly with LaVonne baptizing her daughter on Wednesday and her mother on Sunday there are now three generations of disciples in the family!!

Let’s look at another example. There are only two people known to resurrect someone in the Old Testament, and that is Elijah and his successor Elisha. Elisha asked to have a double portion of Elijah’s spirit, and God answered as Elijah performed 14 miracles while Elisha performed double that with 28. His last miracle was recorded in 2 Kings 13:20-21, when Elisha was already dead and buried. Someone threw a dead man into his grave, and when Elisha’s bones touched this dead man, the dead man was raised to life! Elisha had nothing to do with the miracle, but it was to the Glory of God that this man was raised to life. God did not want Elisha to go down as the miracle maker but as one who displayed the Glory of God, even in his death. There is no way Elisha could have taken any credit for the miracle, for he was dead. In the same way, we cannot take any credit for the great miracles God will allow us to see. Let us remember that it is still the year of the impossible, but one thing will stop us from seeing the Glory of God: desiring the Glory of men.

 “I do not accept glory from human beings, but I know you. I know that you do not have the love of God in your hearts. I have come in my Father’s name, and you do not accept me; but if someone else comes in his own name, you will accept him. How can you believe since you accept glory from one another but do not seek the glory that comes from the only God? John 5:41-44
Jesus had a deep conviction that he did not accept any glory from human beings. He stated that those who seek the glory of men simply show they do not really believe, and they do not have the love of God in their hearts. When we seek glory from each other it is because we are not filled with the love of God in our hearts, and suddenly ministry and discipleship start to seem like a burden. This is why Jesus desires for us to seek the Glory of Him because only He can truly satisfy us, and he desires to work through each and every one of us. It doesn’t matter who you are or what you have done! When we desire the Glory from men we lose track of why we do what we do. If we go on campus or to work seeking the Glory of God, we will not just go because we must, but we will be excited to see who God will throw in our grave to raise to life. God has a bountiful harvest prepared, but we must guard our heart to make sure we are seeking the right glory!

“DaMarcus giving Angie beautiful reminders of their vows”

“To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, he will give eternal life.” Romans 2:7

Interestingly, Glory in the Greek is DOXA: which means opinion, judgement, or view. When we desire the Glory of God, all we are desiring is to see HIS opinion, HIS judgement and HIS view on things. When we look at our goals, our church, and our life, do we look for God’s opinion or ours? When you disciple someone, do you seek God’s view or do you get sentimental with their view? When making judgements in your life about certain decisions you need to make, do you seek God’s judgements or yours? One of my favorite parts of the retreat was the ending of LuJack’s sermon, when he spoke about the Glory of God being revealed to men and women of God through the craziest of situations. God has always put men and women of God through the craziest of situations simply to display his Glory, very much like being charged with the task of raising up the funds and people to evangelize the world! God wasn’t taking Moses through the challenges of freeing the Egyptians to see how talented Moses was going to be, but in fact Moses was too confident in himself. He had to be led through the desert for forty years, and then God called him when he was humble enough to know it was not going to be his power. God took him through the Red Sea to display His Glory! God didn’t test Abraham to hurt his faith, but he allowed his faith to be tested so that God can show him His Glory! God didn’t allow Lazarus to die because he didn’t care about his family, although that is what Mary thought, but God allowed Lazarus to die so that at the end of it all Jesus would be able to say, “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?” (John 11:40).

“Ivan and Ana with their beautiful daughter at the marriage retreat!”

Whatever is going on in your life, and whatever challenges are coming your way, it is time for you to desire to see the Glory of God more than anything else! Desire to see God’s opinion, view and judgement on what is in front of you. With the desire to see the Glory of God we will surpass, individually and collectively, our special missions goal, see an incredible amount of disciples added to our churches, and have the most amazing time reaping the harvest God already has prepared. Only then can we be ready for when “The Son of Man [comes] in his Father’s glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what they have done” (Matthew 16:27). God will come back with his opinions, views and judgements on this world, and we will each be rewarded according to what we have done. Let us be excited for this day to come and get as many ready for this day as possible as we evangelize the world in our generation, and to God be the glory!

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October 29- Congregational Service
November 19- Special Missions Love Offering

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