The glory of God is a revelation. It is not some deep theological teaching or doctrine. God will not give His glory to another. Isaiah 42:8 God declares, “I am the Lord: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another.” (See also Isaiah 48:11) The glory of God is the credit due to Him which He will not give to you or me.
Some have considered the words of Jesus in John 17:22 and misunderstood the glory that He prayed here for His disciples, “And the glory which you gave me I have given them, that they may be one, even as we are one.” This is the shekinah glory of His presence, His anointing, which is inextricably linked to God receiving the credit for it, spoken of in Isaiah 42:8.
The enemy of the glory of God is pride, the glory of man. 1 Peter 5:5-6 teaches us, “…..for God resists the proud, and gives grace to the humble. Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time.” If I take credit to myself for what God has given me, I will not experience the shekinah glory of His presence in my life that Jesus prayed for.
God has given all power to His Son, Jesus Christ. He is the Way, the Truth, the Light and the Door. Jesus said, speaking of His death, “And I, If I be lifted up from the earth, I will draw all men unto me.” When Jesus is “lifted up” in my life, men are drawn to that same Christ of Calvary. It is vital that God receives the credit/glory due to Him for every good thing that comes out of me. We have this treasure, the Indwelling Christ, in our earthen vessels. Am I struggling in my circumstances? God withholds His grace where I need to embrace more truth and walk in the light. God resists me when I am in pride. I need the Holy Spirit to guide me into the truth God requires. The line of the old hymn says “I dare not climb without my Guide,” ( Hymn “I’m pressing on the upward way” – Johnson Oatman, Jr., and Ada R. Habershon.) I dare not! I need the Holy Spirit to show me the ground to be possessed, ground to go higher with Him. If I do not have to do with the Holy Spirit, my Guide, I become desensitised to the Lord, familiar. It was agony for Jesus to lose the presence on the Cross. Do I go through life and put so little value on what Jesus endured at Calvary? He suffered in my place to bring me salvation and reconciliation to my Heavenly Father. He has made the way for me to learn to live in His presence. God is not a respecter of persons – He is not partial. He has made the Way available to all. People are at different levels because some have humbled themselves more than others and walk in humility.
The truth is that our flesh will always enjoy the sweet token of a “pat on the back”. Give honour where it is due: it is right to thank people and esteem the Lord in them, it is wrong if I take that credit to myself instead of giving God the glory for His life in me, that produces every good thing that comes out of me. Christ in me, the hope of glory! God’s glory, the credit due to His wonderful name for the priceless gift He has birthed in me. The entire treasures of the kingdom of Heaven are in the Incorruptible Seed planted in my heart when I received salvation. I carry the DNA of the Almighty Christ, the Son of God. If I walk with Him in humility, He shall reveal Himself to me and through me to a desperate generation.
MY WILL, MY WAY I YIELD TO THEE, OH MIGHTY CHRIST, COME FORTH IN ME!
Luke 6:46 “Why do you call me Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say.”