Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Wednesday Weekly Devotional

By Pastor Taylor Sexton


20 “I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me through their message. 21 I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one—as you are in me, Father, and I am in you. And may they be in us so that the world will believe you sent me.

22 “I have given them the glory you gave me, so they may be one as we are one. 23 I am in them and you are in me. May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me. – John 17:20-23

As the crucifixion and death of Jesus grew near, he took what precious time he had left and spent it in prayer for his followers. His prayer was not for their safety or for their prosperity, but it was for their unity and that they would know that they are loved dearly by God.  

This prayer was not only for the disciples but also, “for all who will ever believe in me through their message.” That means that Jesus’ prayer for the disciples is also for you and I, that we would be united and that we would know we are deeply loved by God. 

If you knew you might not get another chance to pray, what would you pray for? My guess is that you would pray for the people and things that are dearest to your heart. I believe that in this moment recorded in John 17 Jesus is praying for the people and the messages that are core to his mission on earth. Unity is important to Jesus. For believers to know they are loved is important to Jesus. With this in mind it is clear that for Jesus, unity and God’s love are essential to the gospel message. Furthermore, it is our unity as believers that will point the world to Jesus. (John 17:23) Our unity as believers is the key to evangelism. 

In the times we find ourselves in today, Jesus’ prayer for unity among believers and that we would know we are loved deeply by God must be our guiding light. I don’t know about you, but for me it feels like we are living in a time of great division and pain where everyone must choose one side or another. However, as believers we are called to the third way, that is the way of Christ. Christ’s way was the way of loving people society said he shouldn’t love. Christ’s way was the way of accepting people society rejected. Christ’s way was the way of inviting people to dinner nobody wanted to eat with. Christ’s way was the way of unity and love. 

Today may you know that in the hours before his death Jesus was thinking of and praying for YOU and for US. He was praying that you would know that God loves you just as much as He loved his only son Jesus. And he was praying US, that we as believers would be united in such a way that it would point others to Christ.

Amen.


Reflection Questions:
How can I be a uniting presence in the communities I am a part of?
Do my daily actions reflect the deep love God has for me?
How might I point others to Christ today?