God Gold of the Day

“20 “I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me through their message. 21 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.
22 “I have given them the glory you gave me, so they may be one as we are one. 23 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.” 
John 17:20-23
So I had some God Gold all planned out for y’all but then I went to hang with the youth group and Pastor Matt brought too much heat to not get out!
Wow it was such an awesome message but a couple things he mentioned really got some light bulbs going for me upstairs. In these verses, Jesus is praying. Not something I’ve ever really thought about before and something that seems so simple to blow my mind.
Think about it, Jesus, the perfect Son of God, is fully man and fully God is PRAYING! Does that not sound crazy?!?!? Jesus was practically God, was perfect and capable of anything, why would He need to pray? In this moment Jesus was modeling prayer for me and you. Jesus was giving us an example of what prayer looks like and an example of complete submission and humility before God. He was completely giving His life to God in this act of surrender. Think about it, if Jesus felt the need to pray, then how important and huge is our need for prayer? How important is it to spend that time alone with God in prayer, surrendering our lives to God and seeking His provision, power and will for our lives. I was hit hard that if Jesus took prayer that seriously, then I definitely 110% all the stinkin way need to treat the time of prayer with God, that one on one alone time with Him so much GREATER than I do.
Not only is Jesus praying here, He’s praying for ME and YOU!!! Jesus is praying not just for His surrounding disciples but for ALL future believers! How awesome is that?!!? Jesus cared for us, loved us so deeply that He prayed for us thousands of years before we were even a thought.
Jesus is modeling something else for us here about prayer and it’s His example of humility not to just spend this time with God for His needs, His wants and a prayer focused solely around Him but He’s praying for others. Jesus’ example here shows that prayer isn’t always just for you, we have the grand opportunity and chance to pray for others around us. What an example of love that is to pray for someone else.
The overarching message from Pastor Matt was about unity. Jesus prays for us to be united as ONE. Most importantly He prays for us to be ONE with others just as we are ONE with Christ in our personal identity as children of God. What’s funny about trying to be united with others, it doesn’t take a long drawn out plan of action, if we present ourselves before God as Jesus did, humbly and on our knees in prayer, seeking Him and His will for our lives, getting away from the craziness of this world around us and being alone with God. Having personal quiet time with God, through prayer, His Word and so many other ways. If we take our unity in Christ, our being ONE with Christ as the most IMPORTANT, #1 PRIORITY, and BIGGEST part of our days. The love we find in that time with Christ will flow into others lives around us. As Jesus says when we are working together as ONE with Him and united as ONE with other believers, the world will quickly see the light coming from Christ within us. And just imagine what being united in these ways will change not only in your life but in the world.
I’ve struggled with taking time to be alone, quiet and still before God through prayer or the reading of His Word a lot lately. I’ve watched these messages start sounding different, my own personal message and example to others look different, it’s just super easy to spot the lack of Christ in my life. As we looked over the Gospel more deeply in Colossians the last week or so, we’ve seen that apart from Christ we can do literally NOTHING! My excuses for letting this time with the Lord slip as of late has been “I’m too busy, I’ll do it later, I can do this, I’ll go to God later.” No excuse is good enough and as I watched my life resemble the little amount of time I spent with God, my relationships, the way I handle the busyness of it all and just every single area I struggled. Apart from Christ, I became consumed with me, my wants, my plans but after seeing the affect that had on me and the people around me,  I can’t go on like that living life. I need God’s presence in my life, I need time to seek Him, learn and grow in Him. I need more time spent doing life united with other believers, with YOU! I’ve learned the hard way that I can’t do this life alone, I’ll never make it, apart from Christ and apart from you I wouldn’t stand a chance.
This morning was the perfect example, caught up in me, me, me. Sending this message out with the attitude that it’s something that has to be done so I can get to other things I need to do. In the middle of my selfishness, the Lord stopped me dead in my tracks. I sent out all the text to you which is like over 100 messages sent out individually. Then I started receiving messages that my post had messed up somehow and all people could see was words that said, “PAGE NOT FOUND, ERROR.”
So in my rush to attend to my needs, I was humbled big time. Had to re-do the post and send them all out again. Just a big reminder from God there that apart from Him, not attacking this mission He’s given us with Him as the #1 priority and to get His Word out to others for their benefit. Life will read; ERROR, LIFE NOT FOUND. That’s why I challenge you today to text somebody, ask them how you can pray for them, send them an encouraging word, and carve out a “quiet time” to spend alone with God in prayer or seeking Him in His Word. I’ve learned the hard way that days are much better with that “quiet time.” I also seek your help and ask you pray for me, nothing in particular just pray that I take time daily to spend with God, alone and away from the stresses of the world. I could tell ya a lot more I need prayer for but learning that if God is #1 and I go to Him in that way daily, all the rest of that stuff in life falls into place!
Message somebody, reach out, pray for them, love on them or encourage them AND SPEND TIME ALONE WITH GOD!!! We can’t do this life alone, we desperately need the Lord and we also need each other too! I love you and I’m thankful for the huge role you play in my life! Praying for each of you today!
And BIG shoutout again to Pastor Matt for this awesome encouragement tonight! This message would never be without him. Thanks brotha!

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24 year old dude with not a clue what he's doing but God's grace continues to amaze me! Current Seminary student, avid adventure seeker, and getting married to the most humble, weird, and beautiful girl on the planet! Wasted a lot of years living what I thought was the "good life", then Christ showed me what living really is. I pray that my story can somehow help in whatever way possible, to give encouragement and hope that Christ can do the same with you.

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