S.O.A.P. – “Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer”
Jesus prayed to the Father at the Last Supper: “Now I am coming to you. I told them many things while I was with them in this world so they would be filled with my joy. I have given them your word. And the world hates them because they do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. I’m not asking you to take them out of the world, but to keep them safe from the evil one. They do not belong to this world any more than I do. Make them holy by your truth; teach them your word, which is truth. Just as you sent me into the world, I am sending them into the world. And I give myself as a holy sacrifice for them so they can be made holy by your truth.
“I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me through their message. I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one—as you are in me, Father, and I am in you. And may they be in us so that the world will believe you sent me.
“I have given them the glory you gave me, so they may be one as we are one. I am in them and you are in me. May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me. Father, I want these whom you have given me to be with me where I am. Then they can see all the glory you gave me because you loved me even before the world began!
“O righteous Father, the world doesn’t know you, but I do; and these disciples know you sent me. I have revealed you to them, and I will continue to do so. Then your love for me will be in them, and I will be in them.” John 17:13–26 NLT
What is the connection between people receiving God’s glory and those same people experiencing perfect unity with each other?
Take a moment to humbly relish the truth that, if you are a new creation in Christ, Christ lives IN you. Do you realize you bring Jesus with you into all relationships and interactions?
As you consider that you bring Jesus with you into your relationships, consider also that Jesus said that what you do for the “least of these…you have done for me.” You are to bring the real Jesus to people through you…and you are to treat those same people as though you are serving Jesus through them. How might this impact your “self-esteem” in terms of your God-given significance and security?
Lord, I am astounded that despite my unworthiness, you gave me the gift of your glory. Teach me to love others as I have been loved so that the world might recognize your love!