20 “I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, 21 that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, 23 I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me. 24 Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory that you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world. 25 O righteous Father, even though the world does not know you, I know you, and these know that you have sent me. 26 I made known to them your name, and I will continue to make it known, that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.” The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2001). (Jn 17:20–26). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.
The Sabbath of Jesus - Part 3
Jesus ends this prayer recognizing that God is calling Him to a mission that is greater than Himself and greater even than His friends and family. This is the culmination of Sabbath. There is a rhythm we must find between receiving God and releasing God into the world around us, and, just like breathing, our problems come when that rhythm stops or gets out of sync. If we breathe out too long we run out of breath. If we breathe in too long our lungs burst.
Sabbath becomes the changeover point between breathing in and breathing out. It involves both. We breathe out our gratitude to God with our last strength before turning to Him and receiving Him anew. We then receive grace and guidance and we make sure we take enough, not just for ourselves, but enough to share with those around us, and even more to further God’s Kingdom. We may find that through Bible reading, prayer, worship, silence, dancing, or maybe all of the above and more… but the point remains, we do not do it for ourselves. We do it for God and His redemption of our world in which we take part.
We ask for guidance, and listen for it and then shift gears once again, heading back out - exhaling God’s grace wherever He sends us. Sabbath is not either receiving or serving, Sabbath is both. Practicing Sabbath regularly keeps us connected with God and connected to our mission, so that when we head out into the field, we do so equipped and prepared for the task ahead.
Reflection: How are you following the mission God has for your life? Are you giving God time to equip and prepare you? Are you taking your place expanding God’s Kingdom in your community and in our world?
Trying to hear the music in the din of many voices.
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