_______ we stand!

"My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you 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. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one: I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. "Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world." John 17:20-24

I wonder why this is so difficult?? Why does it seem so hard to have unity? The middle of the passage that you read above from John 17:23 Jesus is praying that we would be brought to complete unity so that the world would know the love of God for the world (John 3:16).

Jesus tells the apostles in John 13:34 that the world will know us, will recognize us if we love one another.

So I guess I need to ask myself:
  • What am I doing to be known?
  • How am I showing Love?
  • How am I promoting unity?
  • Am I seeking God's glory or my own?
  • Am I buying in to God's purpose or my own?
Charles Speer (Sunset instructor) would tell us that God has 2 Eternal Purposes.
  1. That all people would be saved.
  2. That all people would be like Jesus.
Jesus' desire for this purpose is seen in the final verse above. Jesus wants people to see the glory of God, and for them to be where He is.

Is that what we want? Is that our prayer?

I pray that you would stir in me the heart of your servant Jesus. To pray for and seek out the unity of all who call on your name, so that the world would know of Your purpose Lord, and that they may come to salvation and begin to be transformed. I pray that we would throw off the things of this world that weigh us down as believers and begin to seek the desires of Your heart. Stir us Lord, deep in our hearts, deep in our souls, raise up the Holy Spirit inside of us and let us realize the portion of your strength that you have given us to be the people of God. The people who have no agenda of our own, but have given ourselves to You and Your purpose for our lives. Allow us to deny ourselves and our own simple plans, and wholly and totally commit to You Lord.
I pray that our unity would come, and in coming, a revival would sweep across our churches and renewal would flow across our nation, and Your Name would be proclaimed in all languages and cultures.
I pray that you would come quickly, so we can be where You are Jesus.


Anonymous said…
On Unity.
I believe that after the Gospel, this should be the cornerstone doctrine of the church. Unity was Jesus greatest concern for us. His final prayer for us. When he had one last chance to speak to us, to pray for us, it is this prayer for unity.

The divided church is a scandal. It is the anti-witness of Jesus. It is the enemy's greatest victory, and he has convinced us it has happened as a result of our defense of a truth. It has occurred rather at our ignorance of the Truth, and His greatest desire for us. Every discussion of every other doctrine of the church should be submissive to this doctrine.

We have attempted to Unite in form and failed. The unity of Jesus is about fuction and purposes, not forms.

We need to unite again on the purposes of Jesus; one of the primary ones being the Unity of believers. I think the Apostle's Creed would be a good place to begin our agreement. A simple statement of the things believed by followers of Jesus for hundreds of years. Can we all agree to the truths it outlines?

Anonymous said…
This topic made me think of the lesson we heard last night that started with the reading of Romans 12: 1 - 10. Paul talks about each of us having one body and many members and that each has different functions. He goes on to state that in Christ we who are many form one body and that each member belongs to all the others. Following that thought, I believe we can work together as one unit to spread the gospel and to reflect Jesus in our lives. Based on Biblical truths we can use our God given gifts to build one another up and to spur one another on to love and good deeds. Maybe the key to unity is love. Love God and follow him, love your neighbor as you love yourself. Sometimes when we get fractured, it is because we are more interested in "being right" than is doing what is right and doing it because we love the Lord.
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