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DAY 36

— Read: John 17:1-19

When my daughter was born, I chose not to return to the classroom. I stayed home for the next several years. I’ve never regretted this decision, but my professional resume now has a big gap of years.

This isn’t really a big deal, except when returning to the work force. In an interview, there’s always the inevitable question: “So about a decade of Work Experience is missing from your resume. Were you out of the country?”

“No, I was home, raising my family.”

Most potential employers get it. But it’s still there…the gap years.

In addition to the awkward “gap” on my resume, there’s also the problem of needing current references. What should I do? List the name and number of my boss from ten years earlier?

Sigh.

I once tried to imagine what my “spiritual resume” might look like. Here, the “experience” section would be substantially longer than my regular job resume. For three decades I’ve followed God and studied His Word. But who would I list as a “spiritual reference”? I can think of a few people, but one person especially comes to mind.

In today’s reading, we’re allowed a glimpse into Jesus’ heart as He prays for His disciples and future believers — which includes us!

Just hours before His death, Jesus took the time to pray for you and for me.

Not only that, but Hebrews 7:25 says:

“He always lives to intercede for them.”

Jesus lives today, and He intercedes on our behalf!

Jesus knows me through and through.

There’s no part of me He’s unfamiliar with. He knows my strengths. He knows my weaknesses. He knows everything there is to know about me.

Jesus is my Reference. He’s the One who stands before the Father and says: She is my beloved.

He’s the One I can always count on to give a true and accurate accounting of my life, the One who knows me completely, the One who knows my heart’s motives.

Like a good boss who truly wants to see his employee succeed, Jesus intercedes for me and helps me do a better job of living my life for His glory. And if God the Father has a job in mind for me, He has only to confer with my Reference, who in His great mercy, remembers only the good things (Hebrews 6:10) and forgets all the bad things (Hebrews 8:12).

Such grace is undeserved. How humbling to know that I can name Jesus, the King of all Kings, as my Reference…and my Advocate.


 

— Diving Deeper —

Do you see Jesus as your Advocate?

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Denise J. Hughes

A lover of words and the Word. Author of Word Writers Bible studies. Editorial Coordinator for (in)courage. Host of Deeper Waters Retreat.

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