I was reading John 15 as part of my morning devotions on Tuesday when I saw that line in verse 8 about glorification. Jesus said, “My father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples.”
I stumble over that word–glory, glorify, glorification. What does that really mean? I tend to think of glory as some kind of radiant energy, as in “the glory of the Lord” that was up there on Mount Sinai, so that when Moses came down from the mountain his face was shining. I think about Jesus being transfigured on another mountain, so that his face began to shine like the sun. As I was reading John 15 on Tuesday and thinking about how the things we do glorify the Father I thought, “Maybe that’s what it means: that when we bear much fruit and become Jesus’ disciples it makes the Father’s face light up.”
I loved the simplicity of that, and the mental picture it created–the face of God lit up because of something I had done. And then I remembered how my own face had lit up when I talked with my daughter Ellie the night before on the telephone, when she told me all that she was doing and I thought about all the ways she makes me proud. It occurred to me that my daughter had glorified me: she had made my face light up.
I may be way off base here (I often am), but it warmed my heart to think that I could make the Father’s face light up in the same way Ellie made my face light up–simply by doing those things that please him and make him proud.