WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3
Scripture: John 17:6-10
John 17:6-10 says, “I have manifested Your name to the men whom You have given Me out of the world. They were Yours, You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word. Now they have known that all things which You have given Me are from You. For I have given to them the words which You have given Me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came forth from You; and they have believed that You sent Me. I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for those whom You have given Me, for they are Yours. And all Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine, and I am glorified in them.” It is interesting that Jesus makes these statements, “I have manifested Your name to the men whom You have given Me,” “…I have given to them the words which You have given Me…” and “…I am glorified in them.” And what Jesus was saying was, “You can tell the fruit of my ministry by the men I trained. The condition of the people I minister to is evidence I did what God called Me to do.” And that same principle is true of every one of us who stand in pulpits today. If we see good fruit, we know we are doing our job. We do have to remember that parents are not responsible for the choices their children make. Every day we choose what seed we sow! Sowing bad seed causes bad fruit, and good soil grows seed to its maximum harvest. But good fruit is impossible without good seed and good soil. Our first responsibility is to make good soil. Pulling out stones, digging out thorns and plowing wayside ground makes it all good soil. Are we going to do our job and make sure that the people of the Lord are fully prepared and ready for the last days?