One Heart and Mind

My Easter was spent at work, in the fitting room at Walmart.  It was a good day, just busy working.  It was my first Easter that I had not been to church to celebrate what Jesus did for me on the cross and with the resurrection.   I took some Easter candy and passed it out to people and wished them a Happy Easter.  My personal Easter celebration actually came on the Thursday before Easter.  
 
My friend and Pastor got a group of us together and we read through the whole book of John from start to finish.  He had one person per chapter randomly scheduled to read and we read from the Message version.  He has done this several years now and it was amazing. 

My prayer for myself had been for several week prior to this event, Lord help me see myself through your eyes.  Please help my mind and my heart match up and see myself the way you see me.  I had been struggling with my own sins and view of myself.  My chapter was chapter 17 of John.  

John 17

The Message (MSG)

Jesus’ Prayer for His Followers

17 1-5 “Jesus said these things. Then, raising his eyes in prayer, he said:

Father, it’s time.
Display the bright splendor of your Son
So the Son in turn may show your bright splendor.
You put him in charge of everything human
So he might give real and eternal life to all in his charge.
And this is the real and eternal life:
That they know you,
The one and only true God,
And Jesus Christ, whom you sent.
I glorified you on earth
By completing down to the last detail
What you assigned me to do.
And now, Father, glorify me with your very own splendor,
The very splendor I had in your presence
Before there was a world.

6-12 I spelled out your character in detail
To the men and women you gave me.
They were yours in the first place;
Then you gave them to me,
And they have now done what you said.
They know now, beyond the shadow of a doubt,
That everything you gave me is firsthand from you,
For the message you gave me, I gave them;
And they took it, and were convinced
That I came from you.
They believed that you sent me.
I pray for them.
I’m not praying for the God-rejecting world
But for those you gave me,
For they are yours by right.
Everything mine is yours, and yours mine,
And my life is on display in them.
For I’m no longer going to be visible in the world;
They’ll continue in the world
While I return to you.
Holy Father, guard them as they pursue this life
That you conferred as a gift through me,
So they can be one heart and mind
As we are one heart and mind.
As long as I was with them, I guarded them
In the pursuit of the life you gave through me;
I even posted a night watch.
And not one of them got away,
Except for the rebel bent on destruction
(the exception that proved the rule of Scripture).

13-19 Now I’m returning to you.
I’m saying these things in the world’s hearing
So my people can experience
My joy completed in them.
I gave them your word;
The godless world hated them because of it,
Because they didn’t join the world’s ways,
Just as I didn’t join the world’s ways.
I’m not asking that you take them out of the world
But that you guard them from the Evil One.
They are no more defined by the world
Than I am defined by the world.
Make them holy—consecrated—with the truth;
Your word is consecrating truth.
In the same way that you gave me a mission in the world,
I give them a mission in the world.
I’m consecrating myself for their sakes
So they’ll be truth-consecrated in their mission.

20-23 I’m praying not only for them
But also for those who will believe in me
Because of them and their witness about me.
The goal is for all of them to become one heart and mind—
Just as you, Father, are in me and I in you,
So they might be one heart and mind with us.
Then the world might believe that you, in fact, sent me.
The same glory you gave me, I gave them,
So they’ll be as unified and together as we are—
I in them and you in me.
Then they’ll be mature in this oneness,
And give the godless world evidence
That you’ve sent me and loved them
In the same way you’ve loved me.

24-26 Father, I want those you gave me
To be with me, right where I am,
So they can see my glory, the splendor you gave me,
Having loved me
Long before there ever was a world.
Righteous Father, the world has never known you,
But I have known you, and these disciples know
That you sent me on this mission.
I have made your very being known to them—
Who you are and what you do—
And continue to make it known,
So that your love for me
Might be in them
Exactly as I am in them.”

Tears formed as I read the first part realizing this was Jesus praying for me over two thousand years ago.  He was praying the same prayer of having the same heart and mind as God, to see myself and others through HIS heart and mind.  It was all I could do to read aloud to everyone present.  I went back to my seat after reading and just cried and cried.  Realizing that Jesus and I had been praying the same prayer for me.  The Holy Spirit guided my prayers to be like Jesus.  Wanting to know deep in my soul how HE sees me is my own prayer. 

How did you celebrate Easter?  How has God spoken to your soul? 

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