After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed: “Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him. Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do. And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began.”—John 17:1-5
There is an old 20th-century word for blending together. It's the word "meld." It means to mix, to blend, to combine two into one. This word is probably the combination of two better-known words; melting and welding.
When Jesus said, "Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent," he was declaring that how we know God is through the life of himself. It's the bold proclamation he has kept hidden that he now declares openly in prayer.
You see, to know Christ is to know God, and thus to know eternal life. Jesus's life is melded to God's—they function in a relationship and have since the beginning of time. To have our hearts melded with Christ means that we too have access to a relationship with God and have an intimate knowledge of this-—eternal life. We only know through the knowing and the melding.
Today spend some time knowing God. There are three ways you can do this. First, by reading his Word. Second, by talking with him in prayer. Third, by doing both of the previous in community with other men. We have spent a lot of time over the previous 22 days trying to learn this. But if you are not in an ongoing community with other Christian men, you might be missing out on a powerful ongoing melding experience. Choose daily to seek out Christian brothers through whom you can know Christ, the Father, and eternal life more intimately.
DO THIS: Your Call To Act (C.T.A.) today is:
- Pray: for 5-minutes, praying that God would make himself known to you through your relationships.
- Tell: other men in the comments below why brotherhood is important to you.
- Invest: time in community with other men.
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