March 27, 2018

John 17:22–23 (NLT) — 22 “I have given them the glory you gave me, so they may be one as we are one. 23 I am in them and you are in me. May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me.

Some people can look at an old 1938 Ford Coupe that has been rusting away in the woods behind a barn and they see, with a lot of hard work, money, and time spent, a fully restored, shiny, show room condition automobile that is now worth thousands of dollars. And so the old car is removed from the woods and the work begins.

There are those people who can look at an old run down dilapidated house and see a beautiful fully functioning home where a family can be raised. And so with a lot of hard work, money, and time spent a beautiful house appears which in hardly resembles the old one.

Some people can look at a chunk of wood or marble and see a beautiful sculpture of a bald eagle. And so with some money, work, and a lot of time a beautiful, finely detailed, eagle appears and the wood or the marble hardly resemble what they looked like to begin with.

There are baseball scouts that can spot enough raw talent in a sixteen year old and envision that young man in the major leagues one day after much time, money and work. And years later there wouldn’t be much resemblance to that sixteen year old.

My mother could look at a hot dog and after much hard work two hours later we would have an eight course meal on the table that didn’t look anything like that original hot dog:)

In our above verse Jesus says, “I have given them the glory you have given me.” In using the word ‘glory’ Jesus was speaking of the substance, the reality of holiness. These were the guys that argued over who was the greatest, these were the guys that would deny him and abandon him and yet Jesus gave them his glory, his holiness. So when the Father looks at us he doesn’t see our frailty, our fleshly tendencies, our stupidity and our failures; he sees us glorified in his son.

Romans 8:30 (NLT) — 30 And having chosen them, he called them to come to him. And having called them, he gave them right standing with himself. And having given them right standing, he gave them his glory.

Know wouldn’t it change our behavior if we saw our children, our spouse, and fellow Christians in their glorified state? Think about the person or persons that bug you the most. Now ask the Lord to open your eyes so that you can see them as the Lord sees them. Agape isn’t blind, agape sees more and because it sees more it sees less of another’s shortcomings and failures. The eyes of Agape don’t have room in them for seeing the inconsistencies and mistakes of others.

The eyes of Agape see broken humanity as loving, kind, going the extra mile people. Agape knows the with hard work, money, and time spent broken humanity will be real beautiful people.

Put on your Agape eyes and:

Be Inspired Hilltop!



  1. Mary Anne Frank says

    When I read these verses I wondered what Jesus meant by living in “perfect unity”. Is that even possible in our sinful world and our sinful nature? Does it mean that we all are in complete agreement with one another? What if I don’t agree on a certain theology being preached? Does that mean I have to up and leave the church and find one that I can agree with the theology preached there? How can I be in perfect unity with my brothers and sisters? Can I have discussions that disagree and still be in perfect unity?
    As I look at the literal translation of these verses it appears that what Jesus is praying that we be made perfect in Him just as He and the Father are perfect in each other. We will never have perfect unity with each other this side of heaven. But as the Holy Spirit is sanctifying us in our unity with the Father and Son so we will be sanctified in our relationships here on earth. Being sanctified means being able to have Agape for our brothers and sisters even when we don’t agree. Perfect unity is an ongoing process. When we focus on being in unity with the Father and Son we grow in righteousness and then we can have Agape for those we don’t agree with. My prayer is that I can be sanctified in my unity with the Father and Son and that the Holy Spirit will guide me into Agape for my brothers and sisters. It’s not about me and my opinions but about Jesus and the Cross.