By Elisabeth Elliot
When God’s power is manifested in the world, in his creation, or in his people, God is glorified. When we pray that our lives may glorify Him, we are asking that the self may be put down, for it is not possible to show the power of God and at the same time to glorify what George MacDonald called “the bastard self.” We must be prepared to lose ourselves, whatever that may entail, that God may be all in all. Losing an argument for his sake, losing something we held dear, losing “face,” reputation, a position of power or superiority, losing a claim on someone or on his affection or respect–can these be a part of the answer to our prayer to glorify God in our lives? Assuredly they can, for assuredly the Son Himself laid aside all such assets when He came to do the will of the Father.
“I have glorified Thee on the earth” (Jn 17:4 AV), He said–and that glory was manifested through weakness, loss, and suffering. What a privileged position we are called to share.
Lord, lift up our eyes, away from ourselves and our small losses, up to that glory yet to be revealed. Teach us that it is only out of weakness that we are made strong, only as we suffer that we may reign, only as we lose that we may gain.