Here we are, already approaching the sixth Sunday in Lent.
Lent is the season during which we journey with Jesus to the Cross and learn so much more about our own journey of discipleship from Jesus’ words and example.
I am always moved by the privilege we have in entering the very heart of Jesus as we see and hear what He does and says over these last precious days that He will spend on earth.
In John 17: 9-19, we eavesdrop on Jesus as He pours out His heart to His Father in prayer for His disciples... for you and for me.
In this prayer Jesus tells us something about His disciples; about you and me. It is God who prompts and initiates our response to Christ’s invitation to “follow Him”. We bring glory to Jesus through our faithful discipleship.
As disciples, we are, each one of us, commissioned to a task… Jesus promises a gift of joy through it all!
After that Discipleship affirmation, Jesus makes the following prayers for His disciples; for you and for me.
Jesus does not pray that His disciples should be taken out of this crazy mixed-up world… He prays that we might find victory in all we face and do.
Jesus prays earnestly for the unity of His disciples, so that the world may believe in Him.
Jesus prays that God would protect His disciples from the attacks of the evil one.
Jesus prays that His disciples may be consecrated to the truth. This means that we are, each of us, set apart for a special task, and that our Consecration will equip us with the qualities of mind, heart, and character which we need for our high calling as Christ’s Ambassadors.
As Jesus heads courageously to the cross, He knows He will commission us to continue His mission on earth.
Here Jesus turns His focus from His impending death and He prays for us, for you and for me, reminding us that God has not left us to carry out that great task in our own strength, but out of His grace He equips and empowers us and blesses us to be a blessing in His name!
May you, indeed, be Blessed to Be a Blessing.