How to Live for the Glory of GodSeries: Pursue
During October we’ve been talking about the pursuit. Just as God gave Jesus a purpose, He has given us one. God asks that we, like Jesus, make it our purpose to serve Him faithfully. John 17 contains the keys to the life of Jesus. In it, we see the relationship of Jesus with the Father. In our lesson today we’ll see how Jesus’ relationship with His father is the pattern for our relationship with Him.
Jesus’ Relationship with the Father is the Pattern for Our Relationship With Him.
- 17.2 - ...to all who you have given him, he may give eternal life. The same life as Christ.
- 17.11 - ...that they may be one even as we are one. The same security as Christ.
- 17.14 - ...even as I am not of the world. The same hostility from the world as Christ has.
- 17.18 - As you sent me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. The same mission as Christ.
- 17.21 - that they may all be one; even as you father, are in me and I in you,... The same unity that Jesus had with the Father.
- 17.22 - The glory which you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as we are one. The same glory that Jesus has.
- 17.23 - ...even as you have loved me. The same love as Christ has from the Father.
John 17.2: Live by Divine Purpose
- John 17.2 - Jesus was all about providing eternal life.
- John 4.34 - My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work.
- Jesus succeeded:
- Despite suffering and set backs - Hebrews 2.18
- Despite temptation - Hebrews 4.15-16; Matthew 4.1-11.
John 17.2 - Live by Divine Power
- 17.2 - even as you gave him authority over all flesh...
- When we go forth, it is the power of God that sustains us.
- Ephesians 1.18-19 Paul prayed that the Ephesians would come to know about: The immeasurable greatness of His power toward us who believe.
- 3.20 - this power can do far more than we can imagine!
John 17.1 - Live by Divine Plan
- 17.1 - Father, the hour has come. What happens when you live by divine plan?
- Nothing should distract you. John 2.3-4 - my hour has not yet come.
- Nothing should destroy you. John 7.30; 8.20 - his hour had not yet come.
- Nothing should discourage you. John 12.27 - for this purpose I have come to this hour.
- Nothing should disappoint you. John 16.32 - behold the hour is coming, indeed it has come, when you will be scattered, each to his own home, and will leave me alone.
- Nothing should defeat you. John 17.1 - now the hour is approaching. The goal was in sight.
- What goal has God given you?
- John 3.16. Do you need to begin a relationship with Him?