We are told in the Bible that when we become a part of God's family through Jesus, we no longer are slaves to our sin. We no longer need to be influenced by the world, we are influenced by Jesus. As I learned in Colossians, following Christ really is a counter cultural life style. Yesterday, I looked a little at Jesus' prayer He prayed for Himself where He revealed the way to eternal life; today, I want to look at a prayer that Jesus prayed over His disciples. Please read John 17:6-19.
A few days ago, I read how the disciples declared their belief in who Jesus is; notice what Jesus says in the opening of His prayer for the disciples. "...They accepted it and know that I came from you, and they believe you sent me." As we continue to read through this prayer, we see that this belief set them apart from the world. Jesus knew that He did not belong to the world, but in this prayer He declared that the disciples no longer belonged to the world either. This prayer flows so beautifully from the conversation that Jesus had with His disciples in John 16. In that conversation, Jesus revealed to them that there would be suffering in this world, but not to fear because He has overcome the world. We see in this prayer, Jesus prays God's protection over the disciples.
"I’m not asking you to take them out of the world, but to keep them safe from the evil one. They do not belong to this world any more than I do." When we believe and accept the truth of who Jesus is and that our salvation comes through Him, it changes who we are. We are now part of the Kingdom of God, which means we do not belong to the world. That is why we look forward to our new home with great hope and anticipation. We know that there is more to life than what we can find in the world, and we no longer belong here. However, we still live here. Jesus didn't pray that God would take the disciples home; He prayed protection over them while they were here.
Be encouraged because even though we do not belong here, we have God's protection. There are some things that we probably have no idea what God has protected us from. This protection means that the world or the enemy cannot destroy us. 2 Corinthians 4:8-9, "We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed." This verse definitely tells us that we will face troubles of all kind; however, because of Jesus we are not destroyed, abandoned, or crushed.
Do you rest and trust in God's protection?
This post is linked with Thought Provoking Thursday.