John 12:27-28, 31-32 “Now my heart 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!” Then a voice came from heaven, “I have glorified it, and will glorify it again.”……..Now is the time for judgment on this world; now the prince of this world will be driven out.But I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself.”
One of the ways we can determine we are becoming Christlike is how we act in crisis. In deep thought, the motive that drives us when we find ourselves in crisis. What do we do when pressure is on?
The hour arrived when Jesus’ predictions were to be fulfilled. It wasn’t a pleasant hour. Nothing in human flesh enjoys suffering. Even God, when clothed in human flesh, wanted less painful way. But in the middle of His crisis, one thing guided Him. This one thing is His joy to see the Name of His Father glorified – here is the measure for us. In the garden of Gethsemane, He wanted to know if the cup of suffering can pass Him by but even at that hour He wanted the will of God be done. Wow!
I wonder how you react when pressure is on? What would you sacrifice for His Glory to be seen? Do you prefer the glory of God to your own comfort? Would you sacrifice your morals on the altar if opportunity just because times are hard?
Jesus sacrificed His comfort, His disciples, His throne, and His Kingdom just to glorify the Name of His Father, and through this all men will be drawn to the Father.
I pray that in our time of crisis we will be able to say “Father, glorify your name!”. Shalom!