Have you ever given much thought to Jesus’ prayer with His disciples in John 17? One verse has really caught my attention lately. Verse 18: “Just as you sent me into the world, I am sending them.”
I can’t really unpack this chapter in a short article, so I will state a couple of primary reasons that Jesus was sent into the world.
1) To show us what the Father is like.
2) To redeem the world.
3) Through this redemption we followers will show the world what God is like and help them to also become like Him.
Tough job, right? Let me ask, do we ever complain about whose fault it is that the world is in such a crazy mess today? People are hateful, selfish, arrogant, rude, just about everything opposite of what 1 Corinthians tells us what “love” is all about. So, I wonder, are we followers of Jesus doing our job? Are we going out into the world to show people what our God is like? Are we redeeming the world or being like the world instead?
In all honesty the “changing” of the world depends on how faithful Jesus’ followers are in living out His message. Before we get caught up in the blame game we see happen so often in the world, maybe we ought to read Jesus’ prayer again, and ask ourselves if we are living out who He has called us to be.
Geaux tigers, Barry
Published on Tuesday, October 6, 2020 @ 10:24 AM EDT