Ghana #5: It's All About Jesus!
Reflection by Rev. Fabio Quintanilha, Pastor at Thomaz Coelho Presbyterian Church in Rio de Janeiro
All mine are yours, and yours are mine; and I have been glorified in them. (John 17:10)
During these days in Ghana we have been faced with a lot of poverty, and so we often refer to the Ghanaians as those having very little, and indeed many do. On the other hand, we realize that our “little” is very much in the face of such difficult situations. But the question that catches my attention in the words of Jesus is not knowing how much we have but saying that everything belongs the Father. They may have little, but if everything belongs to the Father, it will be very much. On the other hand, we can have a lot, but if everything is ours alone, it will not be worth anything! Father, that all I have, whether little or too much, may all be really yours in my life! So, I put myself in your hands, Amen!
“That they may all be one. As you, Father, 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. The glory that you have given me I have given them, so that they may be one, as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become completely one, so that the world may know that you have sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. (John 17:21-23, emphasis added)
Reflection by Rev. Lucas Borba, Associate Pastor at First Presbyterian Church Presidente Prudente
The finality of our unity in Christ:
1. So that the world may believe
We are all witnesses. No matter the culture or place, we all need to show the love of Jesus, leading people to believe in God through Jesus Christ.
2- So that the world may know that the Father sent Jesus.
We worship God in different ways, not right and wrong. Some more expressive, some quieter, some noisier and some quieter. But all of us, each in our own way affirm that Jesus was sent and is also sending us.
3- So that the world may know true love.
Love unites us in differences and adversities. Nothing is worthy without affection, smiles and hugs. We are nothing without love because the Gospel is all about God’s love. His love is revealed in Jesus and fulfilled only through him.
Regardless of how good we think we are, or the good intentions that we may have, everything is vain if Jesus is not the center of everything.
IT'S ALL ABOUT JESUS!