Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | January 28, 2019

When Leaving Sounds Sweeter

“My (Jesus’) prayer is not that You(Father) take them out of the world but You protect them from the evil one.” John 17:15 (NIV)

One is taken and others are left behind. Saying goodbye has never been my best trait. If you’re a part of my life, I simply want you to stay forever. Even as a little girl, I hated when people came to visit and then left for home. Sadness always seemed to consume me….why couldn’t they just stay or take me with them.

Can’t imagine what it would have been like to walk, talk, eat and do life with Jesus. A circle of ordinary men who gave up everything to join Him on the adventure of a lifetime. Witnessing miracles, captivated by His voice, and challenged by His Spirit suddenly confronted with the reality His journey on earth was about to end. Everything would change..their lives would never be the same.

“Can’t I take them with me?” Those are the words I would have said. “I just can’t leave without the ones I love. We’ve been through so much. Saying goodbye would be more than I could bear.”

Not the sentiments of our sweet Jesus. His great love for all the world meant He had to leave them here for now. This band of ordinary men would share the gospel and tell the story of One who came and taught them all things. Just another reason why if believing meant leaving then our lives would miss the blessings of incredible testimonies of faith, struggle, commitment and devotion. Jesus knew the greater picture….we would be His hands and feet in this world. We are the ones He entrusted to go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Love this prayer Jesus offered in His final moments – words for our protection not our ease. He knew the enemy would seek to steal, kill, destroy and sift like wheat those who proclaimed His name. So Jesus prayed, prayed and prayed protection over the ones He’d leave behind. And sweet friends, He is still interceding today sitting at the right hand of the Father. Don’t know about you, but that comforts me, encourages me and convicts me to release fears and boldly proclaim His truth. We are here for a reason – let’s seize the moment and share the good news.

“Father, You have given us a sphere of influence – a chance to leave a mark on this world for Your glory. Help us to be courageous women unafraid to do your will.”

For His Glory

Janet Martin
TRBC Women’s Life

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