Good morning people who guard the unity of the Spirit in the body of Christ.
John 17:11 NIV “I will remain in the world no longer, but they are still in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, protect them by the power of your name, the name you gave me, so that they may be one as we are one.”
Most Christians do not have God’s perspective on unity, both in the nature of it and the priority of it.
The reason why Jesus asked His Father – our Father – to protect us while we are in this world, was so that we may be one as God is one. Please stop and step into the truth of this today.
The primary purpose is not power or growth or breakthrough or victory or passion. All of these are important, but they are not what Jesus prayed for in this verse. His purpose for praying was so that we would be in as much unity as God is between the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Unity between believers is not based on agreement on issues. This wrong focus is part of what has polarised many Christians in recent times. It’s ugly, it’s wrong and it’s damaging to the reputation of Christ. It must stop.
True unity is found when believers – actual followers of Jesus Christ, not just believers in Jesus Christ – are all in the Spirit. By this I mean, that our priorities are the priorities of the Spirit, our thoughts are the thoughts of the Spirit and our actions are the actions of the Spirit.
I want to challenge some of you today about your view of the church and your conversations about other Christians. Jesus loves His church, imperfect as it is, and imperfect as you and I are. Let’s not get derailed or distracted by human imperfection – we all have it.
But rather, let’s get our eyes back on Jesus and let’s live under the protection of the Father. Unity is both a key that unlocks and a result of walking under Father’s protection.
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