Have you ever googled yourself? I google searched myself a couple years ago and I was amazed to read what other people, people who never even met me, actually said about me. Although appalled at some of the random and ridiculous comments, I was also flattered they were reading and reacting to some of my comments in the media.
When someone who never met you actually talks about you, well that is even more empowering. How about if the King of Kings and Lord of Lords talked about you to the ultimate God of the universe? What would that do for your anxiety, depression, loneliness, or self-esteem?
Did you know that Jesus prayed for you and me while He was on earth? He did, in John 17:20-26, Jesus prayed to God, His Father for all future believers…for us! His key message was that He wanted all future believers to be as, and act as, one…He prayed for our unity, in Him, not outside of Him…to follow His example and modeling for us. We need to pay attention to the message He sent directly to and for us.
The unity of all those who put their faith in Christ, the power and testimony of God’s love, acceptance, and the power to transcend our differences….to be a Lighthouse shining God’s glory to the rest of the world. Many of you have commented on the benefits of you being part of the Stepping Stones Daily Devotional and your local church community.
Today, follow Jesus’ lead and call…pray for the Stepping Stones community (over 3000 now) and the other ministries and church communities you are involved in. Look at each other through God and Jesus’ lenses, not our own. Have a “Thy kingdom come” menality. It will transform your relationships…with God, and with people.
Dear Father, All those reading the Stepping Stones Daily Devotional have come together as believers, unified as one, as a powerful witness to the reality of Your Love. Thank You, Lord, for this opportunity to be part of something so beautiful and so meaningful. Help us work together, Lord, in humility, and help us refuse to get sidetracked by arguing over dividing and unimportant matters. I know, Lord, that unity amongst this Team can only be achieved by each of us living first in union with You. We come together as one to give You Glory and to witness the fulfillment of Your Word. Knowing Your Son Jesus prayed for me even before I was born, gives me confidence in my struggle to work for Your Kingdom. Help me, through the daily reading of Your Word to purify my heart and mind, point out my sins and confess them to You, renew my relationship with You, and forever guide me back to the right path. I pray this in the name of the One who showed me true submission to You, Jesus Christ; and all God’s children say – AMEN!
“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. “Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world. “Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me. I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.”