Jesus explains for us the way he sees glory; the glory of heaven –
Jesus replied, ‘The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. [John 12:23]
I notice that this glory differs from the glory he has just received as he entered Jerusalem. He points to three areas that he recognises as true glory.
Very truly I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. [John 12:24]
The first area is fruitfulness, a fruitfulness that is gained through giving of ourselves in love at a personal cost.
Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. [John 12:24]
The second area is eternal life which Jesus defines as knowing himself and the Father in John 17:3. There is glory in the depth of our relationship with Jesus.
Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honour the one who serves me. [John 12:26]
The third area is receiving the Father’s honour, an honour reserved for those who serve him.
The glory of the world is dependent on the recognition of other people and so requires us to show off. Jesus’ glory is based on choices and the evaluation of our Lord, who sees everything.
Whose glory then are you living for?