“And I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world and I am coming to you. Holy Father, keep them in your name, that they may be one, even as we are one.”-John 17:11
John 17:11 gets to the very heart of understanding the relational glory of God. Jesus made a profound request, asking the Father to “keep” his disciples. In other words, he wanted the Father to watch over his followers and keep them from destruction in a world that would happily tear them apart. Being kept from destruction would not happen by keeping the rules nor amassing wealth, but through relationship. Jesus prayed that his followers would love one another so well that we would mirror the love that exists within the Trinity. The Trinity, which is pure, infinite love, is our model for how to relate.
Jesus, I confess that my relationships are far removed from what you prayed on my behalf. I can be self-centered, sniping, and judgmental. Help me to glorify you in my relationships, but relating in the way that you and the Father and the Spirit relate. Amen.