so I was at home church last night and was reminded of John 17. Craig taught on unity and I always think about how when Christ prayed for the church one of the things he prayed for was unity. He even answered the first question I would have. “Why did he pray for unity?”
“The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one; I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me. ”
If I can boil this down into what I think this verse is saying.
- We have been given Christ’s glory, so that we can be unified together, with the kind of unity that Christ has with the father. Christ is in us so that this unity can be perfected, not just for the sake of unity alone but, so that those who haven’t yet believed can see this mystic union between us and know that it must be from God, and that God loves us, like he loves His own Son.
I really like this verse, it really hammers home just how important our unity is and why it is important. If being unified is as important for our witness as Christ laid it out to be, then being disunified must be devestating. I don’t know why this passage is really hitting my heart right now but, I can say that it is a beautiful thing to be in the body of Christ, especially when you see this unity in action, working together towards the common goal of reaching the weary, downtrodden souls of the world with the Love that Christ put in us.
I have recently been through alot and I’ve felt alone and seperated at times, having lost some relationships I considered my closest. I’ve found though that the relationships i’m building now are of a higher quallity than any I’ve previously known. There is a more substantial love. I do pray that we are perfected in unity and that this unity will cast a light on the dark reaches of the world. Praise God that in his wisdom he has found a way to unite sinners in love. It is truly only something He could pull off.