“I want those you have given me… to see my glory.” John 17:24 (NIV)
Use the truth of this verse to:
1. Release loved ones who are with Christ already
Losing a loved one is always painful. Maybe you are working through the grief of an irreplaceable loss. Someone you love has been taken from you, and if the one you love was a Christian, use this truth to help you. He or she is with Christ. One day you will be there too. They can’t come back to you, but you will go to them.
2. Anticipate your own future happiness
Jesus says, “I want those you have given me to see my glory.” When we see Christ’s glory, we will not be spectators, we will be like Him (1 John 3:2). Not only will you be in glory, but glory will be in you.
3. Deepen your love for other believers
When Jesus says, “Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am,” He is praying for the whole church in every place and in every age. Christ will draw us together in heaven and on earth. We can’t be united around a personality or a program. It’s difficult to unite people around a task, because there are always different ways of doing it.
4. Heighten your worship and devotion to Christ
When Moses received the commandments from God at Mount Sinai, his face shone. It was as if something of the brightness of God’s glory rubbed off on Moses simply because he was in the presence of the Lord.
Which of these do you most need to meditate on today?