May They Be One

| September 19, 2016

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Jesus made a very powerful request of his heavenly Father for those who would follow him: “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.” John 17:23 (NLT) Jesus was saying that through the unity of his people that the world would know that Jesus was sent by his Father and the world would also see the love of God in his people. Our unity would silence any arguments about Jesus.

God created mankind to live in perfect unity. He created Adam and said that it was not good that he was alone. So he created a woman, and immediately she was his wife. And God said that he made the two, but they were now one—perfectly united by him and in him.

This unified relationship was perfect until sin entered in. Then they hid from one another and from God. Since that time we have lost the full vision of what perfect unity looks like. We probably know more about division. We have divorce, crime, political struggles, war, denominations among our churches, isolation, hatred, broken families and divisions among us of every kind.

Unity is a powerful force, even among those who are evil—it can foster good or evil. Jesus came to make us one again. In the end, his unity will usher in his kingdom and eternal life. Find out what we are called to do now while we wait for his return.

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