December 25: Oneness, John 17:20-26

“…that they may all be one, just 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 have sent me.”

In John 17, Jesus prayed it forward for us. He prayed for those who would believe on him through what his disciples would proclaim and write. You and I are “those who would believe” (20). He prayed that we 2018 believers would all be one. Sometimes this concept of Christian oneness seems such a lofty, noble concept that it may lose traction in our day to day living. So, let’s ask ourselves some sharp questions: How is Jesus’ prayer for oneness being answered in my life as I relate to brothers and sisters in Christ (see verses 21 and 23)? If nonbelievers eavesdropped on my “Christian conversations” and tracked my steps, could they be convinced that Jesus is real (see verse 26)? What are ways in which I am specifically living out God’s love to my “family members?” Have I harboured any sin that has sabotaged unity? Am I carrying forgiveness, bitterness, jealousy, envy or gossip? If my answers show that I fall short, remember that he invites us to reach out, first to him for forgiveness (James 4:8-12), grace courage and love, then to those that he puts in our hearts. Then the world will see Jesus more clearly. Glory to God. 

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