Willing The One Good Thing
(A Sermon Based on John 17:1-5)
Imagine that you worked really, really hard to make a gift that you hoped would delight somebody you loved very much. You did your absolute best, and you gave them a gift you were proud to give. Then imagine that the person you gave it to spent all of their time looking for the flaws in your work, pointing each one out and mocking you for being a failure.
90% of the things that make you angry in the world make you angry because you're like that uncaring friend. You disregard the good behind the things you have received and focus exclusively on the faults. Thank God that Jesus wasn't like us, and that his purity becomes ours.