What if we could operate as one? Can you imagine a world where Christ followers left comparison and competition behind. A world where pride and judgement is exchanged for humility and compassion? What could we accomplish if we were more concerned about caring for each other then looking good? This is the prayer of Jesus in John 17.
“That they may be one even as we are one…” John 17:11
I think so often the enemy wins. Wins when we fight. Wins when we judge. Wins when we make church and Christianity about a building and appearances, performance. Wins when we segment ourselves, wins when we allow worldly understanding stop us from getting to know one another.
I often find myself yearning for something that I hope is attainable. True community here on earth. People who get me and how I live my life. People who accept and embrace who I am. People who I can share a meal with, laugh with, cry with. Where there is no judgement, no pretense. If we can harness this kind of community what would it mean for the gospel?
“That they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me , and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.” John 17:21
When we live in oneness, in this unity, a unity that replicates that of the Father and the Son we are a testimony to God, his plan and his power.
You may be reading and you may be thinking, I have a small group at church. I have sweet friends and we break bread and are unified. That is so great! Oneness is happening in your life. Yet we aren’t to stop and only live in community. Community serves a purpose and that purpose is found in verse 18.
“‘As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world.”
Out of oneness comes purpose. We don’t gather together to stay together for our own comfort. We gather so that people will believe in Jesus . We gather to go out. Our oneness is a testimony to the oneness of God the Father with his Son Jesus.
What if we focussed on what draws us together instead of what drives us apart? What if we truly were united as one in Christ, seeing beyond all the things that make us different? The gospel would be preached and God glorified.
- Where has the body of Christ’s oneness been sweet to you?
- Where have you seen God’s glory and the gospel preached because of the body of Christ’s oneness?
- In what ways is God calling you to put aside differences to be one with other Christians?
Steph is a mom to four girls and wife to one very supportive man. She is the Executive Director of Stories Foundation and is passionate about fighting for freedom both spiritual and physical. Her days consist of car pooling, ministry, parenting and lots of coffee.