‘He will glorify me’ (John 16:14)
If Jesus is to be glorified, our pride must be mortified, and our spirits humbled. It is the Spirit’s office and work to glorify Jesus; this He does by revealing to us our wretched and ruined state, and leading us to Him to crave salvation as a favour at His hands.
By daily emptying and leading us to see that all God created cannot satisfy an immortal spirit for one moment of time, but that there is enough in Jesus to satisfy it throughout eternity. Jesus is glorified when we mourn over sin, and wash in the fountain of His blood; when we renounce our own doings and feelings, and desire to be found in His righteousness alone; when we refuse to look to any other quarter for help, relief, or comfort, but to Him; when His dear name fills all our songs; and when we long to have a crown to cast at His feet, and a harp that will worthily sound forth His praise. “He will glorify Me.”
This decrees the death of pride, self, and creature excellence. Dear friends, whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do all to the glory of Jesus; He is the Lord of all.
Lord, draw my heart from earth away,
And make it only know thy call,
Speak to my inmost soul, and say,
“I am thy Saviour, God, thine all!”
Oh, dwell in me, and fill my soul,
And all my powers by thine control.
THE DAILY REMEMBRANCER by James Smith (1802-1862)
‘O that I was free from sin! O that I was wholly sanctified to God! O that I could rest on God’s word, care and kindness! But, alas! I reason, fear, forebode, and in a variety of ways dishonour God. At this moment I have a burdened heart, I must pray to be relieved, for my painful feelings urge me to cry to God. For this I must value them, though they are distressing, for I had rather bear them all than be prayerless and indifferent, as I am sometimes. Oh that I was just what I should be! I want to be humble, resigned and useful. Oh, to be useful, it is this I want, for this I pray!’