May Be One

Discipleship Study - Identity - John 17:20-23 - May Be One - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Study – Identity – John 17:20-23 – May Be One – Growing As Disciples

“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one: I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. John 17:20-23 (NIV)

Let The World Know

Your life is a message. Do you know that? Maybe, I’m not sure. Could you explain what you mean? How you live your life sends a message to others. Your actions and the way that you conduct yourself will speak louder than your words. If the way that you live your life is not consistent with your words then what you say will not be believed or even heard. It will be as if your lips are moving but the hearer will not be able to comprehend what you are saying. In fact, they will have no desire to hear what you are saying. In their minds they will dismiss you and label you as just another hypocrite. The world has seen an abundance of those. That is not what you want to be. No, you are right, I don’t want to be a hypocrite.

What message do you want my life to convey? What do you think? I think you want the world to know about your love. That’s why you sent your son into the world. The message of His life was that through Him each one of us could receive forgiveness of our sins and be restored into a relationship with you, as your children. How do you factor into that message being spoken, heard and received in the world through your life? 

Living in a restored relationship with you is changing me. How is that? Because I am your child I am in the process of becoming more like you. What do you think becoming more like me will look like? I think becoming more like you will look like love. If I love you, I will love others just like you have loved me. You gave yourself for me. I will give myself to others. You laid down your life for me. I will lay down my life for others. You came to serve, not to be served. I will become a loving servant to others. Instead of always thinking about my needs, and myself I will consider how I can love and serve others. What kind of message will your loving and serving others be in this world?

Living the life that you want me to live will stand out. It will get noticed. It will be shockingly different. Your kind of love and service to others is very rare in this world. People are filled with wonder when they see real love and sacrificial giving on display. They are attracted to it and want to know its source. But, I can’t live and love and serve others without your help. I really need your help. It is only you that can make me able to love and serve others. That’s the point isn’t it? What do you mean? You want others to see me in you. Yes, that’s exactly what I want. You will only be able to love and serve others, as I would, as you rely on me. As you rely on me my love will flow through you and enable you to be my witness in the world. Will you rely on me, and allow me, to send my message to the world through your life? Yes Lord, I will.

Lord, I want my words and life to be a testimony for you in this world. Let your love shine brightly through me as a light that gives glory, and attracts others, to you. Help me to love even those that others find difficult to love. Amen

Identity – John 17-20-23 – May Be One – 4 Page Discipleship Study Guide

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