John 17:21 (NKJV) 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.
God has placed us here so that we can meet the needs of others.
The greatest position God’s people have over the kingdom of darkness is the power of unity. Jesus talked a great deal about the power of His unity with the Father and the importance of unity in the Body of Christ.
It is the most challenging command Jesus gave to the disciples because it wars against the peril aspect of our selfish nature-independence.
One way to develop unity within the people of God and in your home is to make a commitment to follow the commands of God to uplift one another.
Imagine the incredible spirit of uplifting these men experienced in this final phase of Jesus ministry with his disciples.
He spoke of their great contribution when He said, People of God, you’re going to take my gospel to the world. They’re thinking, maybe I’ll go to my hometown or to the next village. Jesus says, “I’ve chosen you because I believe you can change the world.
The peril of independence within God’s people must be addressed and eradicated.
The structures of division and competition among God’s people and Churches are at epic proportions in this 21st century and I believe grieves the heart of God.
In fact, the notion of competition and the egocentric infiltration has become a stumbling block for ministry and doing great exploits for the Lord.
When the Lord’s people are one, the unsaved see that Jesus is the Son of God. It is like a supernatural key that gives access to Heaven for the work of the ministry.
The key is in the hand of Christ’s Church. There are an exponential edge and multiplication factor in the unity of numbers. We are a hundred times more effective when we are a united for God.
Imagine what God could do with a united people and Church.
When we diminish the importance of unity in the body of Christ, we risk being invaded by the enemy. God has called us to divine fellowship.
That fellowship is one of the most powerful tools of witness to a lost and dying world. If we don’t protect it, strive for it, and do everything we can to promote it, we open the gate to the enemy.
The enemy will attack your family and your church, causing ineffectiveness and destruction.
Point to ponder
When there is integrity, the family of God is willing to trust one another. The experience of unity is accompanied by a confidence in your brothers and sisters to fulfill their responsibility without being coerced or manipulated.
You can focus on your assigned area because you trust other people of God to do their job. In these closing chapters of John, you find Jesus calling these men to be one in Christ by trusting one another with their lives. They are going to work together, serve together, and some are even going to die together.
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