Unity in Christ

Are you of one mind? Are you of one heart? Will you stand together against evil with your brothers and sisters in Christ? Will you do so when evil is lurking and coming for your mind, for your heart, for your soul? Do you know that Jesus prayed for you, especially that you would be unified as one body in Him?

We see far too much individualism in today’s world. Oh, we all complain about it until it comes to ourselves. When we want to be an individual, we become offended when someone complains about us doing so. We love to see our favorite sports teams perform as one on the field of play, but won’t apply that togetherness, that oneness to our daily lives.

Why is it we are so individualistic? Part of it is the culture we live in. Part of it is the fact we are all individuals with our own DNA. However, the vast majority of it is due to Satan preying on that bit of our nature and causing it to explode into selfishness. Perhaps that is why Jesus prayed for all of us just prior to going to the cross.

We see in John chapter 17 that Jesus prayed for the apostles and for us. He prayed that we all would be unified in our love for Him. He prayed that we would stand unified against evil. He prayed that we would be one as Jesus and the Father are One. We should read this prayer and submit to God’s will declared in it every day of our lives.

When we don’t stand as one, we are divided and fall. We know the parable of the house that is divided (Mark 3:24). We know from our own experience when sports teams have discord in them, they don’t win championships. We know this and still we sow discord, hate, discontent, rumors, gossip, and division among believers. Shame on us for not following Jesus into oneness.

I pray we all read Jesus’ prayer carefully. I pray we all commit to unity of spirit. I pray we all decide to be of one heart, soul, and mind in Christ. We need to be unified in the love of Christ; else we fall. Be unified in love. Be a disciple of Christ. Read His prayer. Trust God.

John 17:20-23 “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.”

Published by martypressey

Marty is a Pastor, retired Marine and dedicated Christian who has taught adult Bible classes and preached for 20 years. He currently serves as pastor of 3 United Methodist Churches. He believes being well-grounded in the Scriptures is key to living a better life. He brings a layman’s viewpoint to all his classes and sermons, helping others understand how to apply Scripture to their daily lives. When he sees others understand the message of a particular passage, it brings him great joy. He has seen his faith increase exponentially over the years; fully believing God has a plan and is executing it. He feels blessed to be part of that plan.

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