“We pray this so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Thessalonians 1:12
Paul had just finished telling the people that he was praying that God would make them worthy of His calling. This is being worthy of being called a Christian or a believer in Jesus. The purpose of this was not for self-gratification or to be looked at as someone important or great. It was so that the name of Jesus may be glorified in their lives and that He may glorify them.
Jesus was given a name that is above all other names. It is this way because there is no other name by which people can be saved from their sins. Only through belief in Jesus and what He has done can bring salvation and eternal life for a person.
In the workplace, the boss is honored when his workers are doing an excellent job, or going above and beyond the basic job description. When a worker does an outstanding job, the business looks good. It reflects on the principles the business wants as a whole.
In this same way, your life reflects the principles of Jesus. The way you seek to love others and treat them right, reflects the love of Jesus. The way you witness to others about Jesus, reflects how Jesus wants to reach every person. The way you turn away from sinful acts, reflects on how Jesus turns from sin.
Jesus has given you His grace and mercy. Are you living in that grace and mercy? Are you passing that grace and mercy on to others?
Not every person who claims to believe in Jesus is bringing glory to Jesus. They are living their life as the world does.
Would Jesus be proud of the way you are talking or acting?
This is what His being glorified in you means. He is lifted up, honored. This is not to look good for yourself, but to honor what Jesus has done for you.
I pray today that God will make you worthy of the calling He has given you; that Jesus will be glorified in everything you do; that you will live your life for Jesus; and that you will be glorified in Jesus.