May 16, 2012
I pray for them. I not praying for the God-rejecting world, but for those you gave me. For they are yours by right. Everything mine is yours, and yours mine. And my life is on display in them. For I am no longer going to be visible in the world; They’ll continue in the world while I return to you. Holy Father, guard them as they pursue this life that you conferred as a gift through me, so they can be one heart and mind.” John 17:9-11 The Message
Jesus prayed that your life would be “completely available” for God’s truth-consecrated-mission through you. He prayed that His life would be “on display” in you. He prayed that you would live in the knowledge that you were protected from the Evil One. And finally .. He prayed that you would live with “one heart and mind” with other completely-available-truth-conscecrated-mission-sent followers of His Name. And His prayer for you was a gift. He prayed it for you even though there are times and moments when you are not even interested in being completely available. He prayed for you because it was His gift to give you something you could never repay. Everything about His life is this gift in you. If you will let it .. If you will listen .. If you will quiet your heart and spirit .. you can hear His words being prayed with your name attached. How could He pray a prayer that would continue for over 2000 years? He prayed that His life would be on display in you. Why did He choose you? So that His life could be displayed in you. You don’t have to worry about the mission. He’s prayed that you would be truth-consecrated by His word .. set apart for His mission .. and sent into the world displaying Christ’s life. Don’t let the world define you. Jesus is the Only One authorized to define your life .. and it took His life to do it. Why did He choose you? Because He did … and He loved praying for you. It’s His gift .. and it only takes a moment …
“I’m not asking that you take them out of the world but that you guard them from the Evil One. They are no more defined by the world than I am defined by the world. Make them holy — consecrated — with truth; Your word is consecrating truth. In the same way that you gave me a mission in the world, I give them a mission in the world. I’m consecrating myself for their sakes so they’ll be truth-consecrated in their mission.” John 17:15-19 The Message
Ken Chester: Grace-Gripped is sent M-F to Completely Available Followers of Jesus Christ and friends of Priority One (firstname.lastname@example.org) Thanks to the Major for his “completely available” life in Christ. Thank you Lord for putting your life on display through him. What a gift You really are in this messed up world!