“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.”
John 17:23 (NIV)
Unity is supposed to be the trademark of the Church. It is our community, love and fellowship for all believers is what should draw people to Christ. This was Jesus’ desire. He prayed that we would be one like He and His Father were one. He said, “May they (that’s the church) be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.” What changes could we make in our own corner of the world, if each church would work together to meet the needs of those around us? We have so much in common. We have the Bible, God the Father, Jesus His son and the Holy Spirit. We have similar thoughts, feelings, and objectives too, but we never are intentional about reaching out. Instead we create our “Country Clubs Churches” where similarity, status and exclusiveness are our trademarks. How many churches today still refer to themselves by the nationality that founded them a hundred years ago? How many churches have congregations that match the cultural diversity of their community? Can you imagine if church would start to resemble restaurants and malls where people come and congregate together. This would send a tremendous message to the world. And the church needs this kind of diverse yet unified message if we are going to reach the world. Today, may Jesus’ prayer be ours. “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 confess that I have not reached out to other churches in love. I have not fellowshipped with other believers. I have not been active in pursuing relationships with those from different backgrounds as mine. Forgive me for not seeking unity. Help me to strive to bring Your message to the world through a unified church.
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