“Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner.” “I do not receive honor from men.” John 5:19, 41
My children, who are now adults, strived so hard in their sports. Back then, there were no participation awards, so it was a huge deal when they earned a trophy or medal. If they did win, it was because they pushed themselves as far as they possibly could, especially in gymnastics. Whether they did as well as they wanted or had a tough meet, I always reminded them, “Hard work pays off.” Even today, if they call me about a struggle, I can say “Hard work” and they will answer, “Pays off.” Have you ever gotten an award or recognition for your hard work? Doing all the work to get that honor, didn’t it mean so much?
Jesus strived too; He wanted to do something no one else had ever done, something that He could only do with God. He had to push Himself as far as He possibly could. He kept His eyes on the prize, which was not for Him. Yes, that’s right! His hard work on the cross was not even for Him! It was for us. He wanted no recognition either, but glory to God. Jesus did what is often hard for us to do, He deferred all earned glory to His Father.
May we glorify all that God has done through Jesus, and may we always strive to glorify Him more than ourselves,