GUEST POST: LISA BEVERE – Answering His Prayer
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I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word… The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me.
(John 17:20, 22-23, ESV, emphasis added)
At the table of his last supper, surrounded by the eleven believing disciples, Jesus was praying for us. Just as Jesus needed the lives and words of those eleven to be a testimony that showed him to us, the time has come for us to reveal Jesus to others. This means others will believe because of us. How? We find the answer in the goal of this prayer: that all of us become of one heart and mind, so that the earth will once again see the glory of the Father and the Son, by the Spirit, in his bride.
If we’re united, there’s a chance the world might yet believe, but if we’re divisive and divided, the odds are stacked against us! The current behavior of Christian cultures and communities has caused the inhabitants of the earth to question everything we stand for. Are we acting as though God sent his Son to save the lost world, or do we behave in a way that says it is all about us? Do we believe God loves them in the same way he loved Jesus? Is it hard to imagine that the Father loves us just as he loved His heavenly Son?
I believe it is time we begin to act like the answer to Jesus’s prayer. We were lavishly redeemed, forgiven, and graced with wisdom and insight to know both the mystery of his will and the purpose that was preset in Christ so that heaven and earth are united in him. Jesus came at the fullness of time, and we now walk the earth as time wanes. What might happen if we were one heart, one voice, one vision and purpose, one name, one kingdom, and one mandate to glorify Jesus? We would once again walk in a way that our weary earth would glimpse heaven.
Adapted from “Girls with Swords: How to Carry Your Cross Like a Hero” (WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group, 2013).