Sometimes when reading, one hits a sentence or two that is so rich – so dense with meaning – you must stop and let your mind catch up with the words. Sometimes you have to dwell on the quote for days…this is one of those quotes. It’s from Marcus Rainsford’s book “Our Lord Prays For His Own – Thoughts on John 17.”
“It is in redeeming sinners Jesus is most glorified; it cost Him but a word to create the worlds, but to redeem a sinner’s soul cost Him all that He had, including His tremendous stoop from heaven’s glory to earth’s wilderness, the cross, and the curse.”
He is glorified in my weakness. Nothing of my own doing. In fact, it’s despite my doing.
All mine are yours, and yours are mine, and I am glorified in them. (John 17:10 ESV)
Am I living a life reflecting His glory? Am I living a life displaying my gratitude for the price He paid?
Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith– that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead. (Philippians 3:8-11 ESV)