“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 love me.”– John 17:22-23
Complete Unity. What would our city be if the body of Christ had this kind of unity? How about our Christian culture? Dare we imagine… is this fellowship with the body of Christ possible?
If you’ve experienced complete unity, it was probably through moments unplanned: an intimate conversation that sparked a life all its own, a somber stillness that needed no words. It’s funny how we stumble over these sacred moments that bring with them shared peace and gladness of heart. The memories of them are a wellspring of joy.
A wise man would give everything for a life filled with complete unity. Dare we try?
Jesus’ prayer was answered in the book of Acts. The first Church was complete in unity and their mission was on fire. Of course, it’s easy to long for those days to return, to think of them as a distant dream. Someone might argue that they will come back to us, only in Heaven.
The history of the first Church is long past. The body of Christ today doesn’t have the unity we once did, and our mission is not being fulfilled in the way it once was. We’ve lost sight of the purpose of our complete unity: so that the world can know that Jesus was sent by our Father and that He loves us as He loves His own Son.
Jesus does the Father’s will. That means He is praying for our complete unity today. All things are possible in Christ Jesus. That means we can be the answer to His prayer, like our spiritual ancestors were.
Dare we try?
Please pray with us.
Father, thank you for your offer of complete unity in you and with the body of Christ. I ask that you help me to be the answer to the prayer of your Son, our Savior Jesus, for complete unity in your Church, in His name and for your glory. Amen.
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