Devotional | We Are One
The importance of unity in the church body.
“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one." (John 17:20-22 NIV).
I know that many of us have read and heard this scripture - we may have even become indifferent to it’s call. But let us not fall into the dark pit of indifference - let our consciences not become callused by repetition. Why not lay down our hearts and ask Him to remove indifference and division from within them.
No matter what doctrine we hold to, no matter what expression or denomination we adhere to, nothing supersedes the Lord’s call to oneness. If you are in Him then we are one in Him. It is He that makes us one and only He can separate us. In His torn, ruptured, mangled flesh - He made us one. Anything that causes us to divide stands against, and exalts itself higher than the Cross of Christ.
Diversity is divine, but our division is diabolic. Being different is not a problem however, it when we allow our uniqueness to divide us.
Christian unity does not depend on the institution - it depends on us individually. It depends on the state of our hearts. For example, we can care for the Orphans, serve the poor, visit the widows, and we can preach the Gospel together.
This week why not begin to encourage unity by suggesting how you can build community within your own church?