Letting The World Know
TUESDAY, MARCH 2 | JOHN 17:20-26
“I in them and you in me….Then the world will know that you sent me.” John 17:23
There’s a lot of togetherness in Jesus’ prayer for all believers. Jesus prays that all believers will be one and that the Father and Christ himself will be “in” all believers.
Opening our hearts and lives to God and to one another is foundational to living for the Lord who calls us. It shouldn’t surprise us, for this is the way that God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit live together in a relationship of deepest fellowship and love with each other.
What should surprise us is that we are invited into that holy fellowship. The psalmist marvels that the God of the universe even pays attention to us: “What is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?” (Psalm 8:4). In sending Jesus to live in our world, God opens the way for us to enter into an intimate relationship with him and with other believers.
This is a beautiful and joyful communion; God and his people
joined together in purpose and unity. Jesus said that when we
get this right—that is, when we share and celebrate the love of God in Christian community— the world is compelled to enter in. Do you find that to be true?
Jesus’ prayer is at the leading edge of showing the world the full extent of God’s love. May that be your prayer today too—for your relationships with your family and with all those around you.
Loving God, I want to show the world the love that you showed in sending Jesus. Help me to live in ways that draw others to join in communion with you and one another. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
—WRITTEN BY RUTH BOVEN