That the World Will Believe!

“I pray that they will all be one, just as You and I are one – as You are in Me, Father, and I am in you. And may they be in us so that the world will believe You sent Me.” (John 17:21 NLT)

Yesterday we looked at “Life’s Greatest Tragedy,” concluding (at least I concluded 😊) that the greatest tragedy isn’t missing heaven, but missing Jesus. Why is that so tragic?

Because to lead someone to pray a prayer of repentance who has no concept of who Jesus is or what He’s done on their behalf; to seek to provide someone with a “ticket” to heaven, to have their sins forgiven, and be given a new life without any insight into the cost of those precious gifts; to allow them to be content with walking in the hope of heaven without a commitment to the One who gave His life to make it possible; to not help them understand HE’S THE TREASURE THEY SEEK, is to give them a false sense of security that will only lead to a wasted life.

John Piper writes: “The opposite of wasting your life is living life by a single God-exalting, soul-satisfying passion. The well-lived life must be God-exalting and soul-satisfying because that is why God created us (Isaiah 43:7; Psalm 90:14).” To profess faith in Christ and not have a passion to exalt Him in every area and dimension of our lives is to miss the point of knowing Him.

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Jesus said in John 17 that the way to have eternal life is to know the Father. Why? Because He’s the only true God. That’s why Jesus came to earth – to give visibility to the Father. In John 10:30 Jesus declared “The Father and I are one.”  And in His prayer in John 17, He expressed His desire that we, His Body on earth, the Church, would be one as He and the Father are one. In verses 20-21 He said: “I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in Me through their message. I pray that they will all be one, just as You and I are one – as You are in Me, Father, and I am in you. And may they be in us so that the world will believe You sent Me.”

Did you catch that: “…that the world will believe You sent Me.” Our individual and corporate passion for people to know Jesus is the glue that holds us as believers together and paints the picture of the beauty of Jesus that’s so appealing for those who need Him. But our passion for Jesus must be grounded in a strong desire to know Him.

Paul wrote in Philippians 3:10: “I want to know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised Him from the dead. I want to suffer with Him, sharing in His death, so that one way or another I will experience the resurrection from the dead.”

The word Paul used that’s translated “to know” is the Greek equivalent to the Hebrew word used in Genesis 4:1: “And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain …” It’s a term of intimacy, devotion, and commitment. It’s the oneness that God desires for us in marriage, so as to give a living illustration of what our relationship with Jesus should look like. It’s the deferring of our own desires in favor of the One to whom we’ve pledged our life and allegiance.

To the extent our love for Jesus gives visibility to selflessness, compassion, love, mercy, grace, and the other fruit of the Spirit, to that extent our lives will become magnets for those who are lost to find hope and new life in Him. As will our shared passion for Jesus by those with whom we serve and worship.

A life lived without devotion to Jesus is a wasted life, and that my friend, is a tragedy.

Blessings, Ed 😊

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