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John 15 & 16

Father, every bit of the person You’d have me to be, I long to be.

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“REMAIN,” “ABIDE,” “LIVE IN” — several different terms are used in various translations of Your Word, Lord.  My favorite expression of this concept is in a phrase found in the Message:  “MAKE YOUR HOME IN ME.”  Where this passage contains that phrase, how simple it is to consider the blessings of cultivating a relationship with You that’s intimate and organic.

“Make your home in Me just as I do you.” (v 4)

“… if you make yourselves at home with Me and my words are at home in you …” (v 7)

“… Make yourselves at home in My love.” (v 9)

“… If you keep My commands, you’ll remain intimately at home in My love.  That’s what I’ve done–kept My Father’s commands and made Myself at home in His love.” (v 10)

Lord, show me how to fully “make my home in” You, Your Words, and Your love!

“If you find the godless world is hating you, remember it got its start hating Me.  If you lived on the world’s terms, the world would love you as one of its own.  But since I picked you to live on God’s terms and no longer on the world’s terms, the world is going to hate you” (vv 18-19 MSG)

There’s a song that friends of mine used to sing in concert when their youngest son was a teen (he sang the lead): “When the world looks at me, do they see Jesus?  When the world looks at me, what do they see?”* Oh! I pray that it is YOU that the world sees when they look at me!  However, this passage brings home the reality that those who see You in me, may not react with all joy, attraction, and curiosity.  Rather, with some folks, their seeing You in me, may result in some harsh encounters.  Sometimes I wonder “If I’m not being persecuted, as You’ve said I will be, does that mean that You’re not as evident in my life as You desire to be”?

“May those who fear You rejoice when they see me, for I have put my hope in Your word” (Psalm 119:74 NIV)

Lord Jesus, I know You live in me and I know that my hope (or assurance) is in Your Word.  Now, what I wonder is … even among my brothers and sisters in Christ, when I encounter someone, do they rejoice to see me or do they react less than positively?  Is it genuinely evident that I belong to You, that I am continually seeking to know You better, that I desire to give You free reign in my life?  Like Steven Curtis Chapman sang several years ago:  “Do they know, can they see, Jesus lives in … me?”**

Saturate my heart and mind, so that all I do is for You alone.  Cause others to see more of You than me when they encounter me.  May those who love You see me coming and begin to rejoice out of expectation of being encouraged or lifted up.  And if those who don’t know You see me coming (realizing they most likely might persecute me), may they be more intrigued and interested than irritated or intimidated.  May the You in me reach out to the others around me, as You keep making me just like Jesus.  Amen.

*”When the World Looks at Me” by The Mitchells on We Are So Blessed

**”Do They Know” by Steven Curtis Chapman on First Hand (c)1987 LifeSong Music Press/Stych-N-Him Music/(BMI)

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