Our scripture this week is John 17:1-11.
Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do. And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began.
Jesus continues His prayer speaking of eternal life by knowing Him and God who sent Him. This relationship, while mysterious to us as humans, is how we were created – in the image of God and intended to be connected to Him forever. We have followed our own desires and forgotten this great truth.
Jesus prays that He might be worthy to return to God and resume His place. He has nearly finished His task here and He asks God to help Him see it through. Jesus knew what was asked of Him and because of His unspoiled relationship with God is able to accomplish it.
God waits for us to remember our relationship and the task He asks of us. He is ready to forgive us, renew us, and send us into the world to the purpose for which we were intended. God wants us to be Christlike, that we may share His love with everyone.
Gracious God, we are sorry for our lack of obedience and love. Help us to be strong in You, understanding our place in creation and doing the work You intend for us. Amen.