Friday, April 23, 2010

Real and Eternal Life • John 17

And this is the real and eternal life:
That they know You,
The one and only true God,
And Jesus Christ, whom You sent. 
John 17:3

I glorified You on earth
   By completing down to the last detail
   What You assigned Me to do. 
John 17:4 

And My life is on display in them.
   For I'm no longer going to be visible in the world;
   They'll continue in the world
   While I return to You. 
John 17:11 

I gave them Your word;
   The godless world hated them because of it,
   Because they didn't join the world's ways,
   Just as I didn't join the world's ways.
   I'm not asking that You take them out of the world
   But that You guard them from the Evil One.
   They are no more defined by the world
   Than I am defined by the world.
   Make them holy—consecrated—with the truth;
   Your word is consecrating truth. 
John 17: 14-17

The goal is for all of them 
to become one heart and mind—
   Just as You, Father, 
are in me and I in you,
   So they might be one 
heart and mind with us.
   Then the world might believe 
that You, in fact, sent Me. 
John 17:21-22

Righteous Father, 
the world has never known You,
   But I have known You, 
and these disciples know
   That you sent Me on this mission.
   I have made Your very being known to them—
   Who You are and what You do—
   And continue to make it known,
   So that Your love for Me
   Might be in them
   Exactly as I am in them. 
John 17:25-26 
To know the one and only true God
to know Jesus, my Lord and Savior – 
Real Life.

What is most important –
the goal I was made for,
the purpose wove into every cell –
is to know You.

Through earthen jars Your glory shines
drawing all who will come 
to You.
The way of obedience connects me
to You, making me a portal of 
Your glory-shine. 

Set me apart through the water of 
Your Word. Sprout and grow
fill all my cracks –
produce holy spirit born fruit.

God made flesh –
made known to flesh.
Knitting hearts and minds into one.
Revealing real life to all.

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