What Jesus Did! 'The Glory of Obedience' — John 17:4-5

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

"I finished the work you gave me to do. I brought you glory on earth. And now, Father, give me glory with you. Give me the glory I had with you before the world was made."
— John 17:4-5 NLT
Illustration of John 17:4-5 NLT — "I finished the work you gave me to do. I brought you glory on earth. And now, Father, give me glory with you. Give me the glory I had with you before the world was made."

Key Thought

Jesus did everything God had told him to do. Imagine, finishing your task at such a young age! But isn't that what Jesus did? So often we don't look on obedience as a way to give God glory. Powerful praise songs in worship seem like a much more exciting way to give God glory. Leading someone to Christ is another example of giving God glory. But let's not forget that it's in the simple and hard, everyday and heroic, intentional acts of obedience we offer to God that we are bringing him glory! Obedience is worship incarnate—worship coming to life in our flesh. So rather than looking on obedience as a hard and sometimes harsh thing, let's look on it as the embodiment of praise!

Today's Prayer

Father, thank you for sending Jesus to be my example. I know that he was obedient from the heart to all your desires and commands. I sometimes falter and fail in my obedience. Please forgive me. Open my heart to understand that you are brought glory when I obey you. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • John 4:31-34
  • John 14:15, 21, 23
  • John 19:25-29

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.