Welcome to the daily devotional we have. This is a learning process for me as I go along and I hope you can join me. I will pick a devotional on www.bible.com (feel free to go there and pick the same reading plan) and be posting the verse(s), devotional, and my own personal commentary. Feel free to leave your own commentary in the comments as I would love to read your guys thoughts. Also, I will have a video that relates to the devotional.
This devotional is titled “Catalyst-Known: A 21 Day Journey”. It is 21 days long. I use the ESV bible but feel free to use the version of your choosing.
“I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me. Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory that you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world. O righteous Father, even though the world does not know you, I know you, and these know that you have sent me. I made known to them your name, and I will continue to make it known, that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.”
Thank you for continuing to dive into the Holy Scripture with us as we begin the third and final week of this Catalyst reading plan. This week’s topic is legacy. It’s so easy to be focused on the present. As you’re digging into the Scriptures this week, let’s think about being a change maker with eternity in mind. Think about how you want to be known. Let’s begin with a Scripture passage that we read during week one. It reminded us of the Father’s love for us. It’s what Jesus was asking the Father just hours before going to the cross. It’s his prayer for those who would believe in his message. It’s what he wanted his disciples to pass on to others. Let’s look at a portion of Jesus’ prayer in John 17.
Main Passage: John 17.20-26
Why will people believe in Jesus’ message (vv. 22-23)? Why do you think that is important? How does that look today?
What happens when we don’t embody God’s character as we seek to serve him?
Pray that people would see God’s glory through you. Ask God to use you to unify others around his purposes.
At this point in John, Jesus stops praying for Himself and his disciples but now prays for those who will believe in Him in the future. Jesus’ concern is for His followers unity and love. The vision of a unified people of God was previously expressed in John 10:16 and John 11:52. Believers unity results from being united in God. Once unified, they will be able to bear witness to the true identity of Jesus as the One sent to us from God.