“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— 23 I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.
I’m always impressed when I read this passage by the simple fact that Jesus has me in mind and heart. He is praying for me. He cares enough for each of us that he talks with the Father for our good. And the best good He can think of to ask is that, as a community of His followers, we would be united with one another in the very way He and the Father are united. One.
And a way that Jesus makes this sort of oneness possible is by giving us the glory that the Father gave to him. We can be one with Him in community because each of us has, in Him, all that we could want or need (if only we would recognize and embrace this). No competition. No one-upmanship. No scarcity. Instead, we have been given glory—a sense of weightiness and splendor that is a reflection of the glory of God. Do we feel this? Do we trust this? Do we live this? How might Jesus desire to awaken you to this powerful, rich reality in your life?