Finding God’s glory in what we do
And this is the way to have eternal life—to know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, the one you sent to earth. I brought glory to you here on earth by completing the work you gave me to do. John 17:3-4
When Jesus came into this world, He provided a great example of maintaining a clear perspective. Not only that He did this but also He accomplished every single one of His objectives. We never read of Him hurrying anywhere, He even manage to find time to talk to the Father. From our text, as He offered a prayer for His disciples before He face His death on the cross, He mentioned that He was about to complete the purpose of His coming. “I brought glory to you here on earth by completing the work you gave me to do” (John 17:4). Then at the cross, seconds before He drew His last breath, He made that memorable statement, "It is finished" (19:30). Nothing was left undone; all that was set for Him to do, He accomplished. God’s Son had been sent to the earth for a special mission. This mission was nearing completion as Christ was about to make possible the redemption of man through the sacrifice of himself on Calvary. His accomplishment was to bring salvation to mankind. His was the authority to give eternal life. To provide the way to eternal life was the purpose for which Jesus came into the world. The way to life must be opened by His death. The Lord Jesus Christ did not deviate from the Father’s will. This was how life for Christ was simplified. He remained focus following the agenda given to Him by the Father instead of everyone else's. This was the reason why He set determined limits by choosing the twelve whom He trained to carry on in His absence. He maintained His priorities without regret and this provided balanced in what He did. He did not get sidetracked when tempting opportunities came. This was why He had the energy and time to do the tasks He was set out to do. He came to serve the Father and not be a slave to the people. His refusal to not get sidetracked was firm yet kind and gentle. He was quick to hear and slow to speak. Christ had set this example for us so we will live our lives not engaging in hectic hassles that will steal so much of the joy of just having a simple living. Let us follow His example. Let us have our focus in what Christ had set for us to do. “All who are mine belong to you, and you have given them to me, so they bring me glory” (John 17:10).