Scripture: “That they all may be one, [just] as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be one in Us, so that the world may believe and be convinced that You have sent Me. John 17:21 (AMPC).
Meditate: That’s Jesus prayer for all of us: “Father let them all be one!!!” It’s a very important message about unity in the body of Christ, especially in the times we are living in. This unity is desperately lacking in Christendom. “We’re all like sheep who’ve wandered off and gotten lost. We’ve all done our own thing, gone our own way…” – Isaiah 53:6 (MSG). Yes, each one has gone their different ways!
Jesus is praying seeking what? Unity and oneness in the body of Christ! We need to endeavor and seek to do His will, after all it’s His body and He paid the price and for this reason – that we all maybe one! Yet when you look around, there’s so much slander and divisions and the likes of it in Christendom. It reveals how far away we are from what Jesus desires. And that’s exactly what satan desires.
So what is Jesus’ goal by insisting on this? It’s that, when this is in place, the witness of Christ comes out strong, giving good reason for others to believe in Him. He wants the same oneness that He has with God the Father! His desire is that we might be of one heart and mind. And He says, and then the world might believe that the Gospel of Christ is true! When such unity is in place, then same glory and anointing that covered Jesus would cover us too – check out Psalm 133.
God’s hearts desire is that we be as unified and together as they (Father, Son and the Holy Spirit) are; satans, just the opposite – whose desire would you honor? Oneness also reveals our maturity in Christ and gives the godless world undeniable evidence that, “For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten (unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life.” – John 3:16 (AMPC).
Jesus has made it very clear that “the world may believe and be convinced” only by this unity! Yes, only then the world will recognize and believe that God sent His Only Son Jesus to save the world. That’s the very reason satan has deceived most into going the denominational way (and not Jesus’ I Am The Way!) in order that the true witness of Christ is never seen by those living in darkness, so that they don’t get to see the light of the Gospel of Christ, for truth will set them free!
God so loved the world that sent His only Son Jesus to save you, because He loves you in the same way He loves Jesus! Loves whom? Outright sinners? Yes, that’s right! Now can you grasp the magnitude of that mind boggling truth!?!?
Let me close by asking you this question, Are you praying the same as Jesus did and desiring the same? Or what satan desires? Are you living and endeavoring for unity and the bond of peace in the body of Christ the Church? Or doing just the opposite? Check Ephesians 4:3-6. Your actions reveal which spirit controls you! Jesus’ hearts cry is – Father let them be one! What’s yours?