Being one

November 24th, 2009

I was reading John 17 again this morning. It touches on unity or being one and why this is so important. Have a read of verses 20-23 from John 17. It is a prayer of Jesus about the disciples and the future followers.

20 “I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me through their message. 21 I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one—as you are in me, Father, and I am in you. And may they be in us so that the world will believe you sent me.

22 “I have given them the glory you gave me, so they may be one as we are one. 23 I am in them and you are in me. May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me.

Two keys are in this for us today…

1. As Christians we need to be found “in” the Father and the Son. We need to be caught up in the Trinity relationship. Walking, talking, communing with them as we go about life. It says as we do this the world will believe that the Father sent the Son.

2. As Christians we need to display the same unity as the Father and Son do. They are one in love, in relationship, in purpose, in mission. We are not all the same and we don’t all think the same, but Jesus prayed for us to be one. Again Jesus wants us to be one so the world may see and believe the Father sent the Son.

For me being unified or being one starts with each of us being one with the Father, Son and Spirit first. And then moving out into the world from there. When we are one with the Father, Son and Spirit, being one with others should just fall into place.

Why is this unity or oneness so important? So the world may see and believe the Father sent the Son into the world to be our Saviour (see John 3:16).

God Bless,