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"I have glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do. And now, Father, glorify me in our own presence with the glory that I had with you before the world existed."
John 17:4-5 (ESV)
Nothing makes life simpler or more satisfying than knowing exactly what you are assigned to do and getting it done. Jesus lived for ONE purpose. He only wanted to glorify the Father. But he did not confuse flattery with glory. He didn't just go around saying or singing nice things about the Father. He glorified him by doing what he was assigned. He goes on in the text to explain what that looked like.
He made the Father's name known to the ones for whom he was given responsibility. That means he made the nature and character of God the Father knowable to the disciples. Jesus made sure they knew that he was sent from the Father. He was not in competition with him. There is no pantheon of gods in reality. There is one God who is three persons and it takes a Son to reveal that. When the disciples "got it" they would recognize that they had the same relationship with the Father that Jesus has.
It is very interesting that Jesus had spent his time on earth primarily with these disciples. He had preached to many others and interacted with some, but his focus was the small group who watched him every day. He was content to have done this. In contrast, we seem unwilling to have such small success. We want our résumé to reflect our influence over thousands or millions. We touch many and transform few. He trained a few who would one day transform the world. Maybe we could learn.