“Righteous Father, the world does not know you, but I know you; and these know that you have sent me. I made your name known to them, and I will make it known, so that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.”
~ John 17:25 - 26
Have you ever been part of something bigger than you realized, and it wasn't until it was completed that you realized just how amazing that involvement was?
We all have these moments in our lives. A local food pantry sets a goal to fill a semi-truck load with food to take out into the community. A teacher starts a "Go Fund Me" project to buy a rug for her room that children will sit and listen to stories of greatness. A volunteer offers to go and sit with a hospice patient so that the patient's family can go to the grocery store.
No matter how large or small the project may seem, these are the things that are done out of the love for something that is within us.
Jesus is trying hard to explain just how this all works now with the Disciples before he is to leave.
It's almost as if he is saying, "I'm leaving, but you've got this!"
What is it that is instilled within your heart that you are so passionate about?
There is a real purpose to our loving Christ, and Christ loving us, that doesn't just create a relationship. It is also recognizing that we are part of something much greater. It is that relationship which gives each of us purpose. It is that relationship that reminds us that we belong to something much greater. And finally, it is that relationship which we are called to share through the love of one another.
I always find that when we truly love something, then our passion cannot help but be brought to light and it become a priority. It's when the project is complete, or after time has passed, that the fullness of that passion can be realized.
Our love for one another and Christ, is complete through God. What an amazing gift this relationship has become!
Stay in God's grip!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2017
Dear God, may I realize Your love for me through my love for others and what I am passionate about doing for others. Thank You for loving me so completely! Amen.
Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain at Essential Hospice, Webster, Texas, and is an ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.