Road to Glory
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Work Matters (1)

“I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do.”
John 17:4

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Most of us will recognize and readily concur in the answer to first question of The Westminster Shorter Catechism: “What is man’s chief end?” “Man’s chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever.” Of course we are to glorify God; every believer knows and accepts that.

But how? By going to church and worshiping with all our might? Partly. By joining a Bible study and sharing together with others over the Word? That could help. By practicing prayer and treating our families nicely and loving our neighbors as ourselves? All that matters as well.

But the real answer to the question of how we may glorify God in this life is to live this life the way Jesus did. In His great High Priest’s prayer to the Father Jesus acknowledged that He had glorified God during His time on earth. A little later He would tell His disciples, “As the Father has sent Me, so I am sending you” (Jn. 20.21). Jesus glorified the Father and we have been sent to glorify the Father – in the same way that Jesus did. So how, we might ask, did Jesus glorify the Father?

By His work. He says it plainly: Jesus came to earth with work to do, a work uniquely His own, appointed to Him by the Father. He fulfilled that work and, in the process, brought glory to God. By His work Jesus put God boldly and brightly on display for all to see. He has sent us into the world in precisely the same way. God has given to each one of us a unique calling, a custom-tailored agenda of work to do, and He expects us to do that work in a way that brings glory to Him.

In our work – all our work, whatever our work may be – God intends to assert His weighty, mysterious, arresting presence so that the way we work and the amount of work we do will stand out over and above those who are merely working to get by in life. Work matters, and not just for earning a living or keeping up appearances. Work matters to God, for He intends to glorify Himself in our work, just as He did in the work of His Son. No, we don’t have the same work that Jesus did; we have the work God has appointed to us, and He is able to enter into that work and through it to show Himself in His glory to the watching world. Work matters, but the work we’ve been given to do is greater than the job at which we work. While we’ll want to work hard at glorifying God in our jobs, we’ll need to be equally earnest and diligent to seek the glory of God in all our work . But that means, first of all, we have to identify the work we’ve been given to do, and then we have to understand just what it takes to glorify God in our work.

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