The Bible states that children are a gift from the Lord, they are a blessing. This means that each one of us is a gift, we are a blessing to the world. Mother Theresa once said “I am a little pencil in the hand of a writing God who is sending a love letter to the world”.
We are God’s love letters to the world! We need to reflect God’s compassion, His humility, His mercy and grace, His love to all those that we meet.
The night before He died, Jesus prayed the following prayer. It was a prayer He prayed for each one of us:
“I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one…Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world…I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word…The glory that you have given me I have given to them…so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me…I made known to them your name and I will continue to make it known, that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.’ (John 17)
The prayer that Jesus prayed so many years ago, the prayer that He offered up to His Father in heaven is still relevant today.
He prayed that God would keep us from the evil one. This does not mean that no harm will ever befall us or our loved ones but it does mean that Satan does not have a hold on us. That no matter what happens we belong to God. So through illness, misfortune and death we can continue to know that we will one day be with God for eternity.
He prayed that we would be sanctified in the truth, God’s word is truth. It is vital for us to immerse ourselves in the Bible because it is through the reading of God’s word and in the believing of God’s word that we will be sanctified – made holy.
And then the call to be disciples – that not only may we believe, but also those who will believe in Him through our words. We are called to be witnesses of God’s love to all those around us.
And then this most amazing reflection “the glory that you have given me I have given them”. We can reflect God’s glory to those around us, we are called to reflect God’s glory to those around because Jesus has given us His glory. If we would but only grasp the truth of Jesus’s words and His prayers for us our faces would be radiant and shining and we would be reflecting His glory to all those around us.
We need to start living in the knowledge that Jesus Himself prays for us and that our hearts beat a song of love because He cares for us.