September 25, Sunday

Editor’s Note: The AMI QT Devotional for today is provided by Doug Tritton.  Doug, a graduate of University of Pennsylvania, is currently pursuing a M.Div. at Gordon Conwell Seminary while working fulltime.  He is married to Cindy and they serve at Symphony Church in Boston.  (Also, they just became parents!  Congratulations!)

Devotional Thought for Today

John 17:24-26

“Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory that you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world. O righteous Father, even though the world does not know you, I know you, and these know that you have sent me. I made known to them your name, and I will continue to make it known, that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.”

25When you receive glory, it’s hard to keep it in. You want to show everyone! When my daughter Audrey was born, I wanted to show her to everyone. I wanted everyone to know about her and share in this new glory I had in my life – the joy of being a father.

Jesus received the ultimate glory – the glory of the Father. But Jesus does not just want to hoard this glory for Himself; He wants others to share in this glory, to experience this joy He had in His relationship with the Father. That’s why He says, “I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory that you have given me.” Jesus desires His people to be with Him to share in His glory, to share in His joy.

Really, there is no better place to be than with Jesus. His glory overflowing and joy overflowing and love overflowing – it is greater than anything this world has to offer. Why would we want to be anywhere apart from Him? He is eager to share His glory with us so that we may receive the same love that God the Father has for His Son. Let’s remember this desire of Jesus, this longing of His heart for His people to be with Him, to share in His glory and to share in the Father’s love; and let’s draw near to Him and experience this abounding love He is ready to pour out on us.

Prayer

Jesus, thank You for sharing Your glory with me. Thank You for allowing me to partake in the Father’s love. Let me never forget this desire of Yours for me to be with You, so help me to be near to You today. There is no better place to be than with You.

Bible Reading for Today: 1 Corinthians 14

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