10 All I have is yours, and all you have is mine. And glory has come to me through them. 11 I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name, the name you gave me, so that they may be one as we are one.
13 “I am coming to you now, but I say these things while I am still in the world, so that they may have the full measure of my joy within them. 14 I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world. 15 My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. 17 Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. 18 As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world.
Jesus is heavily invested in me – and that’s a severe under-statement. What strikes me, and strengthens me, is His prayer for my protection. He’s protecting me just as He protected His original disciples. He hasn’t forgotten me or abandoned me. He’s still with me.
I am absolutely protected by “the power of His Name” and by “the truth of His Word.” Then, while I am kept completely safe, He sends me out into a hostile world to do His work. For me, this is the root of my confidence and the source of my courage. Jesus covers my risk. He’s thought of everything in advance of any threat. I go in His Name, armed with Scripture.
God is calling me to take heart. To take in His peace and joy because I’m claimed as His and perfectly secure. I am constantly reminded and reassured – and ready to step into the middle of a family’s conflict, to encourage leaders of a street ministry in Richmond, to go strong and without fear into Haiti. As long as I’m certain of this promise – of God’s presence protecting me.
Doug Stevens, Pastor
The Leadership Connection – Bay Area