JOHN 17

This chapter is Jesus’ final prayer before heading to the garden where he’s arrested. He prays for himself, for his disciples, and for people who would become his disciples after his death. He prays for their unity, joy, protection, and mission, and he prays for God to be glorified in all of it.

But here’s what really struck me in this chapter. Verse 14 says, “…the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.”

Jesus so perfectly loved and obeyed God that his life was radically different from anyone the world had ever seen before. And people who didn’t know the Lord hated him because of it.

The disciples loved and followed Jesus so radically that their lives were transformed in a way that the world had never seen before. And people who didn’t know the Lord hated them for it.

And then he turned the lens on me. Do I love him that radically? Do I follow him that radically? Do I obey him that radically?

Nope. Nope. And nope.

Don’t get me wrong, being hated isn’t the goal. The goal is a transformed life that loves, follows, and obeys Jesus above everything else. The goal is to fully embrace your identity in Christ and fully walk away from your identity in anything worldly. The goal is for you to follow Jesus so boldly that it just doesn’t make sense.

And that might mean that some people hate me.

Right now my life makes way too much sense to the world. It looks way too much like the world.

I’m living with way too much concern for what the world will think of me when I should be living in response to the perfect love Jesus already has for me.

Looks like the Holy Spirit has some work to do in me. And it looks like I need to stop keeping him from doing it.

Lord, help me follow you boldly.

 

 

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