John 17 – Make Him Known

Tulip Festival - Woodburn, Oregon. Taylor Smith

Tulip Festival – Woodburn, Oregon. Taylor Smith

What are you making known to the world?
What do you profess?

Each of our days is filled with countless discussions. (And if you’re in the same boat as me … I love to talk, so my days are filled with lots of conversations :)) The subjects we talk about range vastly, and depending on where you are and who you are with, the type of discussion changes, too.

There are some conversations, you’ll be more willing to talk than in others. When you’re talking about something you’re very passionate about, I’m sure you’re the dominant, or one of the main speakers in the group. It could be a conversation about which city in America has the best quality of life, who is the most famous film actor of all time, or even which nations should be our allies… Maybe even just reading those questions got your heart racing a little, got the wheels turning in your brain or made you want to start voicing your thoughts.

With every conversation, we have the chance to use our voice and to speak up on issues that we feel are important within our daily lives.

So, it’s back to that first question: What are you making known to the world?

In John 17, when Jesus is praying before his disciples, he says this to his Father, “I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.” 17:26

Does conversation on God appear in your talks amongst friends and family? Do you ever bring up your faith when you’re in class, at your business or with your bridge club? Do you use your voice to make God’s message of love known, or do you shy away, thinking you might offend someone by bringing up religion?

The point is not to go shouting your faith and beliefs in other people’s faces. The conversation can be normal, quiet even, but the conversation has to exist. If we take the time to talk about basketball and politics and who sang the best song on American Idol, shouldn’t we also be taking time to talk about Him and his amazing love for all of us? Why would you deny anyone the opportunity to know a Father who brings eternal joy, love and salvation?

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