“I have manifested your name to the people whom you gave me out of the world. Yours they were, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word.”-John 17:6
People are God’s possession, but it is important to think less in terms of ownership than in terms of family. We are his beloved children. My children belong to me though I do not own them. Rather, I have a unique relationship with them that no one else has. They are my precious possession. In the same way, we are the beloved possession of God.
I find it encouraging that Jesus told the Father that his followers had kept his word. When I think about the disciples, I see a ragtag bunch of impetuous, impulsive, hot-headed, doubtful sinners. Just like me. But they kept following Jesus in spite of their stumbling.
Jesus, I am grateful to belong to you and to know you as Father, brother, and friend. Deepen my understanding of our union. Teach me to live life as your beloved. Amen.