“That they all may be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they may also be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.”-John 17:21
Earlier, Jesus prayed that his disciples would be one just as the Father and Son are one. Once again, he prayed that his followers would reflect Trinitarian oneness. Even though we are unique individuals, he wanted us to under-stand that we are all a part of one another. Jesus prayed for our unity “so that the world may believe.” God’s word is important to our testimony, but the relationships between Jesus’s followers are the hinge-pin upon which our testimony depends. If we share Bible verses with people, but we do so from a place of arrogance or judgment, we do more damage than good for God’s kingdom.
Sadly, the church today is fractured into a billion pieces. There are thousands of denominations and millions of opinions. We have lost sight of Jesus’s mission of love and unity. Rather than seeking to love one another, we delight in airing our opinions, taking sides, and belittling others.
Jesus, you prayed for me in the upper room. I am one of those who believe through the ongoing testimony of your saints, but I confess that I do not always seek unity. I put myself and my comfort first. Forgive me for my self-centeredness, and lead me to love as you have loved me in the power of your Holy Spirit. Amen.