May I Never Fit In!

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You know how it is when you just don’t fit in? According to Jesus, we’re not to fit into this world. We may be in the world, but we’re not of the world. John 17:13-14 ERV says, “I am coming to you now. But I pray these things while I am still in the world. I say all this so that these followers can have the true happiness that I have. I want them to be completely happy.  I have given them your teaching. And the world has hated them, because they don’t belong to the world, just as I don’t belong to the world.”

Jesus continues with his prayer in verses 15-19, “I am not asking you to take them out of the world. But I am asking that you keep them safe from the Evil One.  They don’t belong to the world, just as I don’t belong to the world.  Make them ready for your service through your truth. Your teaching is truth.  I have sent them into the world, just as you sent me into the world.  I am making myself completely ready to serve you. I do this for them, so that they also might be fully qualified for your service.”

I love that Jesus prayed this over us. He was thinking of us way back before he gave his life on the cross, each one of us. He asked the Father to keep us safe from the Evil One and to make us ready for service through the Word of God. So, he was praying protection and preparation over us. What a beautiful prayer. I like to personalize it, you know, put my own name in there. “I am not asking you to take Sandy out of the world. But I am asking that you keep her safe from the Evil One. Sandy doesn’t belong to the world, just as I don’t belong to the world. Make her ready for your service through your truth. Your teaching is truth.  I have sent Sandy into the world, just as you sent me into the world. I am making myself completely ready to serve you. I do this for Sandy, so that she also might be fully qualified for your service.”

I make this my prayer today, that I be ready to serve you, full of your Word. That you glorify me through your Son, my savior, Jesus Christ. Thank you for loving me, redeeming me, comforting me, communing with me this morning and throughout my day. May your voice be the only voice I hear, the only one I obey. May your Name be lifted up that all who see me may see you and know you. You’re not far off, you’re at home with me. Someday, I will see you face to face. Someday I will know in full what today I only know in part. Someday I will sit at your throne and sing Holy! A song you never tire of, the song of truth will ring out and the world will know that you who have created us all is Worthy!

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