A Place for You • Devotion 6

Glorify the Father
Pastor Ben Kirkman

“Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” John 14:13

We find this verse in an incredibly powerful conversation between Jesus and His disciples. I can only imagine them trying to keep up with what He is telling them, “One of you will betray me. I am going away. I am in the Father and the Father is in me.” This is so much to try to grasp and deal with. Remember, Jesus is talking to real people with real opinions and emotions, and He is saying some hard stuff.

In John 14:12 He tells them, “Whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do.” I picture the disciples raising their hands at this point: “Jesus, we have seen you do the impossible. You have healed people, provided thousands with food with only a little bit of bread and a couple of fish, turned water into wine, cast out demons, and even brought the dead back to life! You are telling us we will be able do that stuff and more? How is that possible? You are God in the flesh, we are retired fisherman!” I doubt anyone really verbalized that, but how many of them were thinking it?

In John 14:13, Jesus clears up some of the questions they may have: “How are you going to be able to do such incredible things? It is all going to be possible through me and my power. The key to the great work is doing exactly what I have for you to do, the way I have called you to do it.” This promise was not a “genie-in-a-bottle” situation for the disciples to make all of their wildest dreams come true. The promise was to propel the Gospel throughout the world. The guideline for its effectiveness was that what they asked for was according to the will of Jesus and through His name. You can see a glimpse in the book of Acts of their obedience to operate according to those parameters and how effective it was.

Jesus also answered the question of why He would allow them to do such great things. His purpose in using them in such a way was ultimately about God being glorified. All praise, honor, and glory for the amazing things that would happen would point back to the Father. People would be able to see His amazing love and power on display.

Matthew 5:16 says, “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” I would like to encourage you to walk through every part of your day looking for opportunities to point praise back to God. He is worthy of all praise!
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