Becoming glorious has been the goal of many warriors throughout history. This glory was seen as something that was acquired through supremely valiant acts, perhaps even death on the field of battle. The purpose of this glory was that one's name would be remembered for generations to come. This sentiment is exemplified perfectly in the movie Gladiator when Maximus makes the statement that "what we do in life echoes in eternity." The problem with this is that the motivation is to earn a spot in the history books and to make a name for oneself. This whole concept of becoming glorious gets turned upside down when we look at it through Scripture. John 17:22-26 tells us that Jesus gives His glory to us, but it is not so that our name would be known, praised, or remembered… His glory is given to us that we may reflect it to a lost and dying world, so that His name is made famous. Journey with us as we walk through the implications this has on a believers life.
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22 The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, 23 I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me. 24 Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory that you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world. 25 O righteous Father, even though the world does not know you, I know you, and these know that you have sent me. 26 I made known to them your name, and I will continue to make it known, that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.” (ESV)