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DEVOTIONAL LOVE   -   DISCIPLE BELIEVERS   -   DEPLOY THE CHURCH

 

When Jesus had spoken these words, He lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify Your Son that the Son may glorify You, since You have given Him authority over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom you have given Him. And this is eternal life, that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. I glorified You on earth, having
accomplished the work that You gave Me to do. And now, Father, glorify Me in Your own presence with the glory that I had with You before the world existed.

 

I have manifested Your name to the people whom You gave Me out of the world. Yours they were, and You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word. Now they know that everything that You have given Me is from You. For I have given them the words that You gave Me, and they have received them and have come to know in truth that I came from You; and they have believed that You sent Me. I am praying for them. I am not praying for the world but for those whom You have given Me, for they are Yours. All Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine, and I am glorified in them. And I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to You. Holy Father, keep them in Your name, which You have given Me, that they may be one, even as We are one.”

 

Loving Jesus enough to follow and obey Him completely will inevitably lead to new priorities in our lives, mainly making
disciples.

 

Jesus is in the upper room preparing to go to the cross. What will He say? What will His mind go back to as He contemplates His time on earth? We learn what He was thinking in His prayer. He begins, “I have brought You glory on earth by completing the work You gave me to do” (John 17:4).

Here is what is crazy about Jesus’ summary of His work on this
earth. It does not have anything to do with His personal accomplishments. He doesn’t mention the crowds that came
pouring to Him after His sermons. He doesn’t mention the “oohs
and aahs” from the crowds as He performed miracles. He doesn’t
say anything about feeding thousands with a few fish and bread. Instead, His mind goes back to what was most important to Him while He was on this earth, and that was relationships. He is only concerned about the small group of men God had entrusted to
Him

 

At the end of Jesus’ time on earth, He was literally staking His
entire plan of redemption on the obedience of the twelve men He
had been living life with while on this earth. Those eleven guys
(after the betrayal of Judas) were the small group responsible for
carrying on everything Jesus had begun.

 

Jesus’ last conversation with His disciples is given to us in Matthew 28. Jesus tells them (and others), “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely, I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

 

That was Jesus’ plan for them. And for us today.

Jesus’ plan has never been dependent on having the most innovative program and being launched by the most qualified professionals. His plan has always consisted of a community of people who realize that if they are obedient to the commands of Jesus, He will enable and equip them to carry out the purpose of God in their lives by making disciples that make disciples. Obedience leads to multiplication.

 

Other verses: 1 Corinthians 12:12-13; 1 Peter 1:15-17; John 14:20

 

Pray asking God to help you value relationships over possessions or position.

Read John 17:1-11.

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