“Holy Father, I pray not only for them,
but also for those who will believe in me through their word,
so that they may all be one,
as you, Father, are in me and I in you,
that they also may be in us,
that the world may believe that you sent me.
And I have given them the glory you gave me,
so that they may be one, as we are one,
I in them and you in me,
that they may be brought to perfection as one,
that the world may know that you sent me,
and that you loved them even as you loved me.
Father, they are your gift to me.
I wish that where I am they also may be with me,
that they may see my glory that you gave me,
because you loved me before the foundation of the world.
Righteous Father, the world also does not know you,
but I know you, and they know that you sent me.
I made known to them your name and I will make it known,
that the love with which you loved me
may be in them and I in them.”
We always hear that Christ should be in us. We pray for that, but what are we really asking for? For the Holy Spirit to fill us and have joy in our hearts all day long, at every turn and peace at every tragedy? That would just be LOVELY, but we live too much on our feelings to be riding high all the time. We are always looking for good behavior. Good behavior from our children, right actions from our neighbors, olive branches from our less desirable fellow man (too harsh to call them enemies). It is amazing how often we need a “what would Jesus do?” in our daily lives. As corny as it sounds, we do need to think about what Jesus what do if he were in our shoes. He has revealed his character to us in his holy word. There is consistency in his nature no matter how supernatural. Jesus is firm in his actions. The high road, the other cheek, the poor, the disadvantaged… we are constantly seeking status and resume fillers. God reveals our purpose through the example of Christ. What other example do we need?