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Born to Work in HIS GloryBy Pastor Bobby

Title: THE GLORY OF OBEDIENCE

John 17:1-8 READ

FOCUS ON:

John 17:4  “I have brought You glory on earth by completing the work You gave me to do.”

Vs 6 “ I have manifested and revealed your name..”

Vs 8 “Now they have believed and are convinced that you did send me.”

 

Introduction:

Jesus did not expose Gods glory through worship, prayer or fasting but by…work. Everything Jesus did on earth culminated  to that one defining moment: the cross.

Jesus was born for the cross! What have we been born for?

The cross is where the fullness of His glory was revealed.

Jesus was the lamb that who takes away the sin of the world (John 1:29) but it was not fully revealed until he hung on the cross. He began the unveiling by praying, “Father, the time has come. Glorify Your Son, that your Son may glorify you.” (John 17:1)

Jesus had finished his work and the time had come for His full glory to be revealed.

Paraphrase “ Everything I have done up until now was a warmup.  I have waited my whole life for this one moment in time, because now the people are going to see who I really am and when they see who I really am, they will know who you really are also.”

Obedience is worship incarnate -- worship coming to life in our flesh. So rather than looking on obedience as a hard and sometimes harsh thing, let's look on it as the embodiment of praise!

 

I have finished the work which thou hast given me to do.'

Brad Bailey in an article called, “A life of calling and completion” said, “It’s hard to find rest in the vast sea of potential ‘should’s we’ve created.”

Bailey said, “Completion is an unqualified sense of all encompassing completion” Such a sense of completion may be the most elusive key to experiencing peace in life..for how often do we enjoy that sense of fulfillment?”

He completed the Word that His Father gave him. In other words, you are not called to meet every need.

Charles E. Hummel in a article, Fredom From Tyranny of the Urgent said, “Jesus sense of completion isn’t in relationship to som endless list of needs..but in relationship to a more defined sense of calling, priority and focus.”

“The life that God our Father has for us, through the life of Christ in us, involves a sense of calling that offers our days to be defined with completion.

It is work that glorifieth God; it is not words and empty praises, but a holy conversation: Job 31: 20, 'If his loins have not blessed me, and if he were not warmed with the fleece of my sheep;'

 Mat. v. 16, 'Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven;'

 Ps. 1. 23, 'Whoso offereth praise, glorifieth me; and to him that ordereth his conversation aright, will I show the salvation of God;'

 John 15.:8 “ When you bear (produce) much fruit, My Father  is honored and glorified, and you show and prove yourselves to be true followers of Mine.”

you may exalt him in profession, and pollute him in conversation.

 

 Many christians' lives are the scandal of their religion. Again, it is not wishes that glorify God, but practice.

 

We are troubled about God's name, and are more ready to ask, 'Lord, what wilt thou do for thy great name?' than, 'Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?'

 

A christian should rather be troubled about what he should do, than about what he should suffer.

When our work is ended, then we look to receive our wages. Now, saith Christ, 'I have finished the work;' and besides (which giveth weight to the argument), 'I have glorified thee.' The reason of Christ's request seems to be taken from the eternal covenant. Do your work, and you shall see your seed; and from those promises, 1 Sam. ii. 30, 'Them that honour me, I will honour;' Prov. iv. 8, 'Exalt her, and she shall promote thee; she shall bring thee to honour, when thou dost embrace her.'

CAN WE SAY THAT?

Phil 2:8-11

Two questions today:

 

 

1.)  Who do people see when they see you?

(John 1:1-5)  In the beginning.

Jesus was the full expression of God in human form. Jesus was God and God was with him from the beginning. HE came in the flesh to show us what God was really like.

John 5:21 “ For just as the Father raises the dead and gives life, even so the Son gives life to who He is pleased to give it.”

John 10:28 “ I Jesus give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them from my hand.”

John 17:2 “ For you granted [Jesus] authority over all the people that He might give eternal life to all those You have given Him.”

Why did God take on human form?

1.)  So we could see for ourselves the full expression of His nature and character

2.)  So we could once again be like Him  through example

3.)  So we would have a model , mentor and a mission

 

John 1:14,18 “ The word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the one and Only…No one has ever seen God, but God the One an Only, who is at the Fathers side, has made Him known.”

 

“Made His dwelling” translates the greek word [skenoo], which means tabernacle or “spread ones tent”.

When Jesus came in the flesh He “tabernacled” , or “pitched his tent” in our midst so that we could see Him and know Him as the “one and only”

In other words, Jesus Exposed the full glory of the father by uncovering or revealing to us the character of God.

Jesus is the way the truth and the life!  Ephesians 4:7-8 “ To each one has been grace as Christ apportioned it.”

So what is the  character of God? He is full of grace and truth.

The Greek word for grace is “charis” which also means blessing, favor and gift.  It is where we get the word Charisma.

So, one of the characteristics of God is that he bestows blessings, , extends favor, and gives gifts to his people.

John 2:6-11 WATER< WINE and GLORY  The primary purpose was not to get people blastered! But to reveal his glory so that His disciples would believe in Him.

1.)  Sometimes God allows things to “run out” in order to reveal His glory.

2.)  When life throws you a curve, remember it’s a opportunity for homerun to be hit.

3.)  Glory always reveals that which is better than what we had before.

Glory comes out of pressure and glory brings out the very best.

 

2.)  Do people know who sent you and why?

John 8:14-18:19  READ

This sections contains and extended debate between Jesus and the Pharisees and how they opposed and challenged the validity of  Jesus claims.

Two times Jesus said, “the Father…sent me” Jesus said, “If you see Me, you would know My Father also.”

John 8:28-29

John 8:42…”I have not come on my own; but He sent me.”

Who is sending you today?

When people See you so they see Jesus or the flesh?

 

Jesus made one of the most boldest statements ever when he said,

I am not seeking glory for myself; but there is one who seeks it, and He is the judge;;;If I glorify Myself, My glory means means nothing. My Father , whom you claim as your God, is the one who glorifies me..”

John 8:50, 54

Basically, he said, I am not here to show off or expose myself but my FATHER.

When is the glory of God and for God most magnified?  In good times or bad?

We see the manifestation of His presence in good times but we see His glory in dark times.

EXAMPLE:

John 11:4 Read about lazarus. Jesus delayed His arrival by two days. Why?

If you believed, you would see the glory of God  11:40

As a result, “many of the Jews who had come to visit Mary, and had seen what Jesus did, put their faith in Him (John 11:45)

Jesus revealed the Father and God was glorified.

The shock of the Pharisees is in vs 48 “If we let Him alone to go on like this, everyone will believe in Him and adhere to Him.”

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Jesus gained the attention of the Pharisees by never giving  up, never quiting, never throwing in the towel. He would never be accused of being slothful.

Hebrews 6:12 “Be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.”

Notice the text does not say anything about laziness but slothfullness.

It comes from a Greek word  “nothros” and describes something that is dull, monotonous, or unexciting; something that is slow and sluggish; or something that has lost its speed or momentum.

It is still moving, still has life but it is not moving with the same velocity and aggressiveness it once had. It has lost the drive, thrust, pace, speed and desire it once had.

So…it presents the idea of someone  who one was zealous about something, someone who took on a project, wanted the job but whose zeal has now been replaced with comfort, complacency and neutrality.

 

 

Because of the word NOTHROS, Hebrews 6:12 could be read this way,

“Quit be slothful-quit acting like someone who has lost his enthusiasm and excitement and has now sunk into a state of being slow, boring, monotonous, sluggish, dull and uninterested in completing the task set before him”

“I must work the works of Him who sent me while it is day for the night cometh when no man can work” John 9:4

 

 

Closing: The glory of a manufacturer is seen when its product performs as designed and advertised.

John 17:5, 10,20-24

Impact Church Arise! To new life! Shine [be radiant with the glory of the Lord], for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.” Isaiah 60:1

“Then you shall see and be radiant, and your heart shall thrill and tremble with joy Isaiah 60:5

How does God expect us to live out our lives in way that reveals and reflects His Glory?

1.)  Our calling as Men and Woman of God transcends life’s circumstances. His purpose was not marriage , kids, work etc. His sense of completion was found in Luke 19:10 “The Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.”

Every one of us is connected to that calling as well. It will involve our life circumstances but it isn’t simply through them not in them alone.

 

2.)  Our calling is to be internalized. Personal not Professional.

It is something that can be fulfilled in the present age not the fulfilled in the age to come.

 

John 4:34 Jesus stops to get food and says, “My food is to obey the will of the one who sent me and to finish the work he gave me to do.”

Eph 5:15-16 So be careful how you live, not as fools but as those who are wise. Make the most of every opportunity for doing good in these evil days.

3.)  Our calling may require a redefining of focus: Prioritize those we choose to influence.

Although Jesus loved the whole world, Matthew 15:24 “Jesus said, I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel”

 

 

Completion doesn’t mean everything is complete. It means you complete what you were called to accomplish.

 

A businessman man, harrased and discouraged from overwork, took his problem to a psychiatrist who promptly told him to do less work.

“Furthurmore,” prescribed the doctor, “ I want you to spend  an hour each week in the cemetery.”


“What on earth do you want me to do that for?”  What should I do in the cemetery? “Not much”.

Take it easy and look around. Get acquainted with some of the men already in there and remember that they didn’t finish their work either.

 

When Jesus said, “It is finished” Did everyone get healed, saved,set free etc.  No.  He just I finished the work you gave me to do!!

 

John 17:5 “I have glorified You down here on the earth by completing the work that you gave me to do.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Are we still filling out the application for the job?

Do you know what is required of you?

Have we even started?

Have we accepted the position

Do we know the job description?

Are you clocking out early?

Are you taking to many breaks?

 

If you answered YES to any of the questions, you need to book some time with your boss!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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