Sharing Your Life with Christ
I pray not only for these (his closest disciples) but also for those who believe in Me through their message. May they all be one, as You, Father, are in Me and I am in You. May they also be one in Us, so the whole world may believe You sent Me. I have given them the glory You have given Me. May they be one as We are one. I am in them and You are in Me. May they be made completely one, so the world may know You have sent Me and have loved them as You have loved Me. John 17:20-23
Sharing intimately with the way, truth and life of Jesus requires careful thought and wisdom to maintain the conversation. The qualities one must seek to reflect his dominance in our life are: humility, peace, sincerity, and patience. If we identify with these qualities then Jesus will remain with us and share himself through us. When approaching the way, truth and life of Jesus do not turn to outward things to be able to connect with him, because we will lose the sense of his presence within us, and if that happens then where will we go or to whom shall we turn as a friend? Without a friend we can eternally place our trust we cannot live well, and if Jesus is not above everything a friend to us, we will indeed be sad and desolate.
Therefore, if we trust or rejoice in any other thing or person then what Jesus means to us, we risk acting like a fool. It is certainly far better to have the whole world against us than to offend the way, truth and life of Jesus that we have within us. Among all that is dear to us, let Jesus alone be the first and foremost among the beloved, because when we love who Jesus is to us, we reveal our love God! Jesus is the Christ (the anointed Son of God) and he alone is to be loved above all other influences in our life, for he alone is good and faithful above all other friends we may claim in this world.
Those who are friends with Christ and enemies of Christ should receive equal attention in our daily prayers, so that all may know and love him. Likewise, never consider one’s self above others more worthy of some sort of praise or care. Only God alone is worthy of special praise and honor. Never desire the inner desires of anyone be centered upon us, nor do not place our inner desires upon anyone at the center of our heart – Christ alone should be at the center of our heart, thus the focus of our inner desires.
Be pure and free within so that our heart is not entangled with that of any other person or thing of this world. We should likewise be transparent and open before God, always ready to bring our heart before him, if we seek to be free to experience the Lord. Likewise, unless his grace precedes and draws us, we will never discover the happiness found in total surrender to him. For when the grace of God, which comes by repentance and confession, we are enabled to do all things. Thus when tribulations come, and they will, we should not be dejected or despair, but rather rest steadfast in God’s will, and whatever comes upon us endure it for the glory of Jesus Christ – for after winter comes summer, and after night comes day, and after the violent storm comes a great calm!
My daily prayer: Lord Jesus, in your most holy name, my Savior and Strength, I humbly offer all praise and glory to you. I recognize that it is no longer I that live but you who lives within me. Each day is a glorious day when I can commune with you and sense your presence in my life through your Spirit within me. Thank you Lord Jesus for offering the gift of the Father’s covenant care within my life; I recognize there will be good times and there will be bad times that will come and go in my lifetime, but whether good or bad, each day is a blessing when I have you in control of my life. Please use my life to reveal you to my family and to all those others whom you desire to have me share you with for your purposes. Lord, I love you, and stand in awe of all the many blessings I and my family have realized merely because of your name sake and the fact that you love us. Amen.
For additional reading: John 3:18-20; 16:33; Galatians 6:14; Matthew 5:44; Luke 6:27-28