Have you ever wondered ‘what is the goal that God has for my life?’
What does He envisage when He sees you as the finished article?
Is it that somehow, someday you just make it to heaven? Is it that you become a good and moral person? Is it holiness? Do you think He longs for you to finally get it right and live the way He desires?
Jesus, one day withdraws to pray, but He asks for some of His disciples to join Him so they can note down His prayers. Let us listen in…
“The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one; I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me. Father, I desire that they also, whom You have given Me, be with Me where I am, so that they may see My glory which You have given Me, for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.” John 17: 22-24
Often this passage is read as Jesus’ desire for church/Christian or ecclesiastical unity. However, when we read this passage in context you discover that this is actually the epicentre of the Christian life. Jesus here is praying for us to unified with God – “that they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in us”. He is holding out a picture and description of His plan and purpose for our lives. Here is the finished article and it goes way beyond most of our comprehension and expectations. Not only does God love us and invite us into eternal life with Him through the finished work of Jesus, but He wants to invite us into the love – relationship that existed between the Trinity before the world began.
He is inviting you into seamless, experiential, unbreakable union with Him, the very source of all life.
Take a moment and let that sink in.
You see, when Jesus came to take back and seek and save all that was lost, He came not just to wash away our sins, but also to bring us back into perfect unity with God – God in all His fullness.
Can you imagine what this would look like? What a difference it would make to our lives, our families and the world around us. What would it look like if we approached each and every situation in our lives out of this place of perfect union with God. I don’t know about you but sometimes I feel utterly powerless. I feel unable to change the things in my life that I know don’t match up with the life God offers me. Can you imagine the power that would flow through our lives if we lived out the life Jesus offers us? Power to overcome our anger, power to overcome the addictions and compromise that robs us of joy, power to bring restoration into our family relationships and marriages. The list could go on.
You might be reading this and thinking that it seems impossible or out of reach. Well my reply is that this is Jesus praying, and as far as I can see, He is the one person that has 100% success rate of answered prayers!