Reading 2Thessalonians 1 this morning. Suffering saints . . . suffering for the kingdom of God . . . afflicted for their love of the Father . . . persecuted for their allegiance to the Son. And how does Paul encourage these hurting brothers and sisters in the Lord? Look to the sky, he says. Relief will be granted . . . justice will prevail . . . “when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with His mighty angels” (1:7) . . . “when He comes on that day to be glorified in His saints, and to be marveled at among all who have believed” (1:10). Marvel when we see Him? Yeah, I get that. Jesus glorified in us . . . really? Yeah, says Paul, really . . .
To this end we always pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of His calling and may fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by His power, so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in Him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.
(2Thessalonians 1:11-12 ESV)
Talk about your mind-stretching truth . . . talk about your high and holy calling. Sinners saved by grace glorifying the risen Christ . . . believers walking the pilgrim walk by God’s grace glorifying the King of Kings . . . children of God seeking, through the enabling power of the Spirit, to consistently live out our “family values” . . . how come . . . that the name of our Lord Jesus may be gloried in you.
No taking credit for what we’ve done. Because any degree to which we live up to His calling is due to the power of the gospel. Just as He declared the work of the cross finished, He has also promised to complete the work He has begun in us (Php. 1:6). It’s His work . . . our willing. It’s His salvation . . . our submission.
When Jesus comes and we behold Him, we will marvel. I can kind of imagine that . . . kind of get a sense of the facedown awe that will be ours when we see Him face to face.
But that when Jesus comes He will be glorified in me . . . harder to get . . . tougher to imagine . . . oh, but that it may so. That the depths of His love and grace and power would be known through this jar of clay . . . once just a lump of clay until that day I was redeemed . . . and the Potter took me in His hand . . . and began the work of forming a “vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work” (2Tim. 2:21b).
For His glory . . . may those be more than just words at the end of a devo . . . may they be the heart’s deepest desire. That all things might be subject to the One thing of realizing the returning Christ glorified in me. Not that I’m anything . . . but that I am a “new thing” in Christ. Not that I have the “natural material” to meet this goal . . . but that He has enveloped me in a supernatural reality and has desired to make the image of Jesus somehow shine out of me. Not that I should boast . . . but that I should marvel . . . and that He should receive all the glory.
Even so, Lord Jesus, be glorified in me . . .