John 17:3-5, “And this is eternal life that they might know thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent. I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work thou gavest me to do. And now, O Father glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.” Jesus always sought the glory of his Father. If we follow Jesus‘ teachings, we will glorify God. Drink whatever is in the cup God has given to us, as Jesus did.
Some advice an old worker once gave; In all your dealings with your fellow man, remember that God is Love. His Love first for us inspires our love. Nothing more powerful than love to motivate sacrifice.
To glorify God, we must first be humble, realising God owes us nothing. We cannot force Him to draw near. He has given dust, the opportunity of eternal life; that on the last day of our life, we have no ability of ourselves to get more life; that we cannot go back in time and take away our sins. They are a blot against us forever without the covering of Jesus’ Sacrifice.
In Dan. 3, we read of 3 men, who stood upright and refused to bow to the idol the king ordered them to worship. In the eyes of God, the idol was an abomination. When we give the first place to our relationship with our flesh, it is an abomination to God. We then get a picture of these men in the furnace, their faces lit up by the fire, triumphant over death – untouched, God glorified in their actions of self-sacrifice for Him.
Faith, the substance of things hoped for. If we follow Jesus and believe in Him and God as much as a substance we’d hold in our hand, His Spirit will come and dwell with us. This is life eternal.