Living the truth…

John 17: 6-19

“I have manifested Your name to the men whom You have given Me out of the world. They were Yours, You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word. Now they have known that all things which You have given Me are from You. For I have given to them the words which You have given Me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came forth from You; and they have believed that You sent Me.

“I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for those whom You have given Me, for they are Yours. And all Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine, and I am glorified in them.  Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We are.  While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Your name. Those whom You gave Me I have kept; and none of them is lost except the son of perdition, that the Scripture might be fulfilled. But now I come to You, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves. I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one.  They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.  As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world.  And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also may be sanctified by the truth.

 Set apart from the crowd, with a purpose and a mission.  Keeping His word, learning of him, knowing him.  We have his word, we may have his joy.  We are set apart because we have the truth, the truth we serve and believe  creates a division between us and the rest of mankind.  We are not set apart just to be different, there is a holy purpose in the difference.  We are light and salt and in that we should be making a difference, not just being  different.  We are not self-oriented, we are not self-driven.  We know to whom we belong, we know his will, we live as he commands and that makes the difference.  We do not serve our dreams, but his reality.

DREAMS….CLOUDS

They start small

They expand and grow

Til they can hold no more

Til they let go

 

There is a dream

To be what you ask

There is a dream

To do your task

 

Driven by love

Living by grace

Keeping your words

Seeking your face

 

Belonging

Keeping

Serving

Living

          -gracie

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One thought on “Living the truth…

  1. I love all of your thoughts on this post. So heartfelt. I like “there is a holy difference to this purpose.” I have never looked at it that way. Thanks for sharing. God Bless, SR

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