More Than Words | John 17:15 | Devotional
My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one.
Christians in every generation have the same temptation—the allure to retreat from the world. From business to education to recreation there is a desire to only be involved with other believers. One problem…that was not the intention of Jesus.
When blasted for hanging out with sinners, Jesus reminded His critiques that the sick, not the healthy, need a doctor. From the tax collector to the prostitute to the thief, Jesus went to those whose lives needed transformation. He engaged the lives of those far from God.
Jesus did not pray that His followers be taken from the world following salvation. He did not establish cave dwelling communes or sacred and safe monasteries. Jesus prayed for protection as He commanded us to go into the world as His witnesses. We are to actively proclaim the Good News of eternal salvation. He’ll take us home when He’s good and ready.
Father, give us courage to go; not retreat. Give us strength to engage not withdraw. Give us a passion to proclaim the life-changes message of Jesus so that we may hear “Well Done!” when you choose to call us home. In Jesus’ name. Amen.