Have you ever tried making a sandwich with one hand? We often take for granted that most everyday tasks are a whole lot easier with two. Our body is an amazing picture of what it looks like to need others and to work together toward a common goal. Paul compared God’s people to a body in 1 Corinthians 12 and reminds us that we all have a vital part to play as we join with other believers to make Jesus known!
“I can do things you cannot, you can do things I cannot; together we can do great things.” -Mother Teresa
Jesus didn’t send His disciples out alone, nor does He send us out alone.
The God who made you, sustains you, fully knows and loves you is with you! When you received Jesus you also received his Spirit who lives in you and makes you one with God. You now belong to a larger family, the church. You are not alone.
Before we were born, Jesus prayed for us! John 17 records Jesus’ longest prayer. He deeply desired that we would know we are loved and unified with Him and that we would also experience unity with our fellow Christians who are here to help us along the way.
Let’s take a closer look at what Jesus prayed would be true for us in John 17.
“I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, 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. The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me.” John 17:20-23
In this passage, Jesus is about to be handed over to the authorities to be crucified. He is praying for His disciples and for those of us who will come to believe in Him through their message. He prays, as He is one with His Father, we too would be one with Him and each other… “So that the world may know that you have sent me and loved them even as you have loved me.”
Our unity with Jesus and other believers paints a picture to an unbelieving world of what it means to be in a loving relationship with God. Jesus cares deeply about this. That is why he prayed this prior to His death and resurrection, knowing he was about to die to make this possible.
As we love one another and serve others together we display how Jesus loved and served us. Jesus desperately wants the people you are reaching out to, to know that they are wanted and loved by Him! Invite them into your community so they can see God’s love in action and experience life in a loving family, that is marked by one-ness and not aloneness.
What are some practical ways you can come alongside your neighbors, friends and family and display the message of Jesus’ love and your unity with him?
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