But #I Know Him
John 8: 54-55 Jesus answered, “If I glorify myself, my glory is nothing, it is My father who glorifies me, of whom you say, ‘He is our God’, and you have not come to know Him, but I know Him, and if I say that I do not know Him, I will be a liar like you, but I do know Him and keep His word.”
How often do we glorify ourselves? If I wanted to look really deep into a mirror I would say I do it all the time, in my head a lot, but out loud as well. As we get older we learn how to do it in a more acceptable way, maybe a little less obvious. We could go on a social media tangent right now but we won’t. It is too easy to put social media in a box and tell ourselves “I don’t do that” and move on. Everyone talks about the despair of social media. But lets move in a little closer. Let me peer behind the blinds for a sec. What is the motivation behind what we do and say? When we can get to that, we can start to let go of it and give it to Jesus.
When kids are little they proclaim from the rooftops how great they are. “Mom, look at me!” or “I can do that too.” I once had one of my children tell me that she thinks every boy in her class likes her. What?!?! Anyway, As a parent we know and love that our kids are trying out their self confidence and we cheer them on. And say things like, “well, maybe not every boy, right?” We understand the importance of providing a safe place for them to come and feel great, loved, and that they are the most important person in your life. But we hope and pray that they aren’t the kid telling all of the other kids on the playground “look at me, I can do that too!.” Because we know what will happen when they do. No one will want to play with them.
Unfortunately, we can all think of someone that we don’t want to play with anymore because they glorify themselves too much. We even understand why they are doing it, they are needing validation from others, but it is still really uncomfortable to be around. I don’t know when and how we learn to glorify ourselves in a way that doesn’t make others uncomfortable, but some how we do. I know how to navigate a room really well, to figure out what things I can say that would make them think I am really cool. Or important. Or smart. Or spiritual. At least in my own mind. I know when I can tell people what my husband does or what I am reading or teaching or have gone through or NOT doing that can make me look good. The song Wanna Be Loved by DC Talk is singing in my head. “We all wanna be loved, we all want just a little respect, we all wanna be loved, tell me whats wrong with that?” Well, what’s wrong with that is “my glory is nothing”. I don’t need to seek out glory from others. Jesus glorifies us and that is all we need. If you ask me what I want the most out of my life it would be to glorify Jesus in everything I do. How do I do that? Allow Jesus’ glory to fill that void and stop trying to fill it on my own. It is OK to know “you can do that” but when we start to feel the need to tell others that we can, especiallywhen that information isn’t asked for, we have to stop and realize Jesus is all the glory we need. Because “I do know Him and keep His word”. Then maybe we can say “Look at me because I pray you see Him.”
Kim Hommel (don't look at me, look at him :)