Jesus’ prayer and words in John 17:6 are incredibly encouraging for the believer: “I have revealed you to the ones you gave me from this world. They were always yours. You gave them to me, and they have kept your word.” What a beautiful truth! Christ’s life and death revealed the ones who would be His followers and believers. Through choosing Christ as your life, you have made God known as the source of your life. Jesus recognizes here who the believers came from- they were given to Him from God.
He goes on to say that they were always yours. We were His before we were born. Psalm 139 tells us that we were knit together in our mothers’ wombs in verse 13. Verses 15-16 say that our frames were not hidden from Him; He saw the unformed substance before it began and numbered our days. He knows our thoughts and every emotion we have. He knows us better than anyone else and even better than we know ourselves. How? Because we were always His! Before the world began we were His!
Have you acknowledged that you are His? Have you delighted yourself in His love and mercy? Have you thanked Him for the blessings He has given you and the people He has surrounded you with? Do you live like you are His? We belong to God the Father. We were made in His image, knit together, every cell, every limb, and every hair. So let’s begin to live like it!