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John 17 [Read]
When I was working in the industry years ago, I was often sent to customer sites for training, support, or marketing of the products. Regardless the purpose and destination, the trips always had several things in common. First, I’d better know the reason why I was sent to that customer. Otherwise, it would be a disaster not to mention a waste of company’s time and money. Second, I knew I could always call my boss and coworkers for urgent support or questions. They were behind me not for my sake but for the company’s sake, so that we might gain or retain this customer. Finally, I knew I had to give a detailed report after I came back. I was sent for a purpose, and my boss wanted to know whether that purpose had been accomplished. A business trip, therefore, was never without stress, but a clear understanding of those three things helped to make the trip more focused and pleasant.
Jesus’ final prayer in John 17 was filled with theological implications, and we could analyze it in many ways for our edification. But I just want to point out one main theme permeating the entire prayer, and that was our Lord’s emphasis on being sent. Knowing Jesus who was sent by the Father was eternal life (17:3), and receiving the Lord’s Word meant believing the Father had sent the Son (17:8). Keeping unity was to show the world that Jesus was indeed sent by the Father (17:21), for only God could keep sinners together with his love (17:26). Finally, the disciples were sent into the world with the same purpose as Jesus himself being sent by the Father (17:18), which was to bring glory to God (17:4). Our Lord wanted us to see his mission of being sent to the world, and that mission is to also become our mission as he sends us into this world.
I find this view to be important, for it helps to shed light on the meaning of both our existence and our daily endeavors. It enables us to be more focused on our prayer to our Lord, for whatever the requests we make should go with the purpose of our mission. Finally, it keeps us diligent in our daily life knowing that, at the end, we all need to give a detailed report about our life as a long mission trip.
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