22 For the very glory you have given to me I have given them so that they will be joined together as one and experience the same unity that we enjoy.
John 17:22, The Passion Translation
Jesus declared in His prayer that He has given you the same glory our Father God has given Him. In doing so, Jesus unites us with the Trinity and with each other as one family and community. As such, unity is possible and can happen if you believe it, not because of any one of us, but because Christ has brought us together.
Knowing that we already possess Jesus’ glory within us, we have all the glory we would ever need. If we don’t fully grasp the implication of our glory-filled life in Christ, our prayers sound more like pleas for more faith, more power or more anointing than praises that we already have everything in Christ to glorify God.
Sometimes, we pray out of ignorance. We should pray out of our identity and inheritance in Christ. By praying in obedience to the revelation of who we are and what we have in Christ, our prayers are restful and not stressful, bold and not timid, and obviously full of thanksgiving and pregnant with expectations.
Consider these words of the Apostle Paul:
29-30 You see, He knew those who would be His one day, and He chose them beforehand to be conformed to the image of His Son so that Jesus would be the firstborn of a new family of believers, all brothers and sisters. As for those He chose beforehand, He called them to a different destiny so that they would experience what it means to be made right with God and share in His glory.
Romans 8:29-30, The Voice
We are not meant to blend in with the crowd, but in fact, to stand out!
Knowing that we have received the glory of our sonship in Christ, learn to reflect and share that glory to everyone everywhere. As we grow in the revelation of sonship, we will experience increasing authority and power to live and act in Jesus’ name. When we carry this confident awareness into our daily lives and relationships, people can sense there is something different about us, even if we do not talk about Jesus just yet.
Just as Christ’s reputation preceded Him, our reputation should precede us to the point that people outside the church can recognise the shining light of Christ’s glory that is working in and through us and glorify God for it (Matthew 5:16).
Don’t be a chaser of God’s glory, but be a partaker of God’s glory.
© Copyright Richard Tan, 2019.
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