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John 13 Part 4: It's All About Him

Now the Son of Man is glorified, and God is glorified in Him.

John 13:31

Everything we do in this life points to something. It may point to our desires. It may point to our goals, our dreams, our hopes. But each thing that we have and do is a reflection of that what is in our hearts. Social media is the perfect example of people pointing to what they have or who they are. Self-glorification is evident in every aspect of our society Admire me. Choose me. Look at me.

It has been like this since Adam and Eve fell from grace. The very point of temptation was to be like God. (Genesis 3:5) When Eve looked at the tree she saw that it was good for food, pleasant to the eyes, and desirable to make one wise. (Genesis 3:6) This was our downfall. We tried to make everything all about us. And this has continued throughout human history. Sadly, this is the normal and so it doesn't look absurd to us.

Earlier this week we started with the Blog, Just Like Him, where we talked about the final goal of becoming like our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. In today's passage Jesus gives us the turn around. It is all about God. We belong to Him. He is not our creation. He does not depend on us for self-gratification. He made it all. He is the One to whom everything points. Every day utters speech about Him (Psalm 19) The creation itself speaks of His power. (Romans 1) We are evidence of how wonderful and amazing He is. (Psalm 139; Psalm 8) Jesus always glorified the Father. He showed us how to live a life for the glory of God. And He tells us plainly how it begins. "If anyone wants to follow Me, let him deny Himself, take up His cross daily, and follow Me" (Luke 9:23)

The turning away for self-glorification and becoming a God glorifier is the very point of being a Christian. If Jesus did this, then so should we. If He denied Himself, then so should we. If He emptied Himself and became obedient, then so should we. If we save our life--live for ourselves--then we will lose it. But if we lose our lives--live all for Him--then we will have everlasting life. It so simple but it strikes at the very center of our brokenness. Let us strive daily to make it all about Him.

Blessings to you!

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