14 February 2018
"I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word; that they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that you sent Me." - John 17:20-21
Begin reading in John 17:13 and finish with the above two verses. Do you see what He is asking? He wants the same relationship in unity with His disciples that He has with the Father. Notice what that means - He said that just as the Father sent Him into the world, He also sent them. The unity of purpose between The Father and the Son is the same He desires to have with us.
Now here is the question I have for you today. Is the unity of purpose you have with Christ the same relationship in unity you have with others? I believe a problem we have within the family today is a difference in unity between the Lord and us and the family and us. Do you love your neighbor as you love yourself? Can you be united in purpose with a neighbor you do not love? What if we were all unified in purpose within the church family?
Here is what I want you to see. If we were to come to church Sunday morning eager to be drawn closer to each other because of our unity of purpose within Christ and reach the community for Him, what do you think He could do through us? If we were able to throw away the differences and work on what unites us as Christians and family don't you think He could accomplish great things through us?