I like today’s verses, especially the following, John 17:20-24 (NIV), Jesus is praying for all believers: “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you.
May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.
I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one – I in them and you in me – so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.
“Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.”
It’s God’s desire that we be with Him in heaven and for us to be able to see His glory.
I found this bit in today’s study to be challenging: ” … if you glance at the Lord sideways then that is the image that will be reflected in your soul. If you look at Him full in the face (and by that I mean contemplating Him, spending time with Him, adoring Him) then a stronger and more complete image of Him will be reflected in your life.”
Perhaps, there are some who are thinking that there isn’t enough spare time in the day to spend time doing ‘nothing’, but just quietly sitting in the presence of our Lord. It’s really a question of your eternal priorities, Matthew 21:21-22 (NIV): ‘Another disciple said to Jesus, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.” But Jesus told him, “Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead.” ‘
You can put the priorities of this world first, including the important ones like family and friends; or, you can put the eternal priority first – following Jesus – one, is temporary – the other is forever. If, your first love is Jesus then all the other necessities of eternal life are maintained by God’s love – even during the most difficult times when all of this earth’s material comforts are lost (like Job).