I’ve been thinking a bit about ‘glory’ recently. What does the word conjure up for you, I wonder?

We had a look together at John 17 at New Staff Retreat and you can’t read that chapter without encountering the idea of ‘glory’. Jesus prays that he will be glorified, just as he has brought glory to his father on earth.

And then in Management Team we have been looking at 2 Corinthians. The same there, ‘glory’ is a major theme in 2 Corinthians 3:7-18 and onwards. This time it is the glory of God we can see in the face of Jesus (4,6) and that we reflect that glory. Lots to think about there, but I just want to focus on one thing about glory. It’s a question that arises from the idea of ‘glory’ as something that radiates light and beauty.

The question is: who is it you want to shine? Do I want to ‘shine’; to be the centre of attraction and the focus of attention? Do I want the starlight and the plaudits? It is certainly appealing. But it is empty and Christ-dishonouring.

Ask yourself that question when you are chatting to people this weekend (will I listen or want to impress?); ask it when there is an opportunity to say something about Jesus to a friend or neighbour (does it matter what they think about me or what they think about Jesus?); ask it when you have a choice to make (will this make Jesus shine or better me?).

But please don’t get shackled by guilt. See all this as an opportunity to reflect the glory of Jesus in his humility, sacrifice and unselfishness. Have a glorious weekend.

Andy Bathgate

Andy has been CEO of SU Scotland since 2001. When he's not busy with us, you'll find him playing with his grandsons or in an art gallery with his wife.