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Don’t separate what Jesus unites

In John 17:6-19, Jesus prays for those whom the Father gave Him – His disciples (vss. 6, 9). He prays to the Father that He would keep His disciples saved (“keep them in Your name” v. 11), that He would sanctify them (“sanctify them in your truth” v. 17), as His sent ones (“As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world”).

Too often it is implied that as great a gift that salvation in Jesus is, not all the saved are necessarily sanctified (grow in holiness, become more like Jesus, set apart for God’s purposes). And if some do manage to get sanctified, still fewer are sent to advance the gospel in the world. That, we imagine, is for those few uber-Christians or paid professional Christian workers.

Jesus envisioned no such division in His prayer for those who God gave Him (=all Christians throughout the ages, 17:20). In Jesus prayer, we that our very identity as His disciples is that we are those who are saved, sanctified and sent by Jesus. Jesus’ prayer will be answered (of course)!

True, living out the “sanctification” and “sent” aspects of Jesus’ work in us doesn’t happen without earnest grace and faith-driven effort. But we engage those battles in confidence that Jesus has prayed and is praying that we keep growing as His holy ambassadors in the world!


Time is precious

Today I have been especially impacted by Ephesians 5:15–17, which reads, “Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.”
I need to be careful and wise in using the time the Lord has given me. The days have plenty of evil, not the least of which are temptations to waste time. There a lots of ways to be foolish about misusing time. So I must consatntly seek wisdom from the Lord to understand His will. As I am typing this on the internet, I know I am in what can easily be a time-wasting zone.
I was helped to think about time wasting and the internet through this article by Tim Challies.
God grant me grace to use time for your glory and the goood of others.