THEME: POWER OF UNITY
John 17:20-23 NIV
“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— I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.”
-Jesus spoke of His mission and sanctification to the body of Christ. He was confident that they would continue in the evangelism mission, and prayed for those who would believe, and all future believers are included in this prayer. Also an emphasis has been made on the unity of believers, hedging on the standard of the unity between the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirt, as it is from the beginning. The unity of believers should also impact outsiders to believe in Jesus Christ and follow Him faithfully.
Unity by simple definition is the state of oneness. It causes different units to be joined together in agreement. God is the perfect model of unity, having been joined together as the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19). God calls us to one body, one Spirit, and one hope (Ephesians 4:4). The unity in the body of Christ should therefore testify to the unity of God’s eternality, the Holy Trinity. The body of Christ should also testify to the unity of the gospel message, since we are called to one hope of salvation. King Hezekiah called all Israel and Judah to be united in worship to God the Most High as they observe the Passover feast which had not be done for sometime, and it pleased the people (2 Chronicles 30:11-12 ). Whenever a people fellowship as one, the Lord is present with them. Unity is key in every relationship. For instance, a man leaves his father and mother, and he is united to his wife and they become one flesh (Ephesians 5:31 ). Also, two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour (Ecclesiastics 4:9). Where there is such unity whatever we purpose to do cannot be hindered from us (Genesis 11:6). Jesus preached the gospel of peace to both those who are far and those who are near (Ephesians 2:17). He calls us to love one another and to forgive one another just as Christ forgave us. Where there is unity, God commands a blessings. It is therefore good and pleasant that we have bonds of love with one another and remain in perfect unity with Christ through the gift of salvation.
Abba Father You are our good God. You are wonderful and marvelous in wonder. You are exulted in the heavens and the earth, none can compare to You. You are Ebenezer and none can be likened to You. You are Jehovah our living God. You are our life Jehovah; thank You for the gift of life. You are our Prince of peace; thank You for the peace in our lives, marriages, relationships and nation. You are our High Priest; may You sanctify us and wash us with Your precious blood. You are our Sure Foundation upon You we stand. May You cement us with codes of love that cannot be broken. May You grant us, our family members, nation and entire world the gift of salvation. May You grant us Your favor and grace dear Jesus. You are worthy and able Lord Jesus. We love You Jesus. Thank You for loving us first. May You anoint us afresh and use us as vessels of honor for the glory and honor of Your name. Amen
Further reading: Ephesians 4:13
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