Jesus spoke these things; and lifting up His eyes to heaven, He said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify Your Son, that the Son may glorify You, even as You gave Him authority over all flesh, that to all whom You have given Him, He may give eternal life. This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. I glorified You on the earth, having accomplished the work which You have given Me to do. Now, Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was …. But now I come to You; and these things I speak in the world so that they may have My joy made full in themselves. I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. I do not ask You to take them out of the world, but to keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth. As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. For their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they themselves also may be sanctified in truth. I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word; that they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me. John 17:1-5, 13-21
Today's thoughts from today's verses:
John 17 is a prayer offered by Jesus to the Father on behalf of His disciples just before His crucifixion. He is praying that they will be steadfast in their faith when He is no longer with them. But then amazingly Jesus takes it much further and says, “I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word.” What a wonderful picture of how the impact of the original disciples and each subsequent generation lives on.
Jesus’ prayer includes us and we are a testimony to the reality that His request was granted. One generation after another has believed through the “word” of disciples who have “gone on” but in a very special sense “live on” because they fulfilled their role as “God’s Agents.” While such considerations are mind boggling, there is one specific consideration that is of supreme importance. When we have “gone on” will we “live on” because the impact of His “word” through us has gone forth, with us as “God’s Agents” having left behind others who have believed? How to leave behind a “genuine spiritual legacy” such as this, is the focus of this week’s Devotionals.
Today's prayer response from today's thoughts:
Lord, I join you in the desire you have for me to leave behind a genuine spiritual legacy by accepting the role you have for me as an agent of the Gospel. I really do want it to be that when I have “gone on” the impact of my life will “live on” because there will be others left behind who have truly believed. Teach me more fully than ever before how to leave behind such a spiritual legacy. Amen!
Posted on Mon, October 28, 2019
by Ken Hart