John 17:11 “11 And I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, keep them in your name, which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are one.”
Did you know that Jesus prayed for unity in the church? Disunity in the church is never of the Lord, but division that is caused by Satan. The reason, a disunified church is not effective, a unified church will charge the gates of hell! This morning I want you to join me in examining this prayer of Jesus for our church.
1. We are in the world. You and I still live in this broken world. This world is marked by sin and death. We see the mark of sin all around us. We suffer because of sin. You and I still struggle to live as God would command us to live because of sin in and around us. Therefore, we must know and understand that we are still plagued by issues in this world, we will still struggle with sin of our own and others.
2. Unity reflects the Trinity. Jesus prays that we would be kept in the name of the Father, the name of “I Am”. That name and power is the same name and power that is given to Jesus that rose Him from the grave. That same name and power is what keeps us. The reflection of our unity reflects the Trinity. When we are one, we reflect the God of heaven.
3. Fight for Unity. This is the question, how do we fight for unity in church and in every aspect of life? It’s not easy. The first thing first, you must be a follower of Jesus. I know this seems basic, but it’s true. Are you a follower of Jesus? Do you display fruit of following Jesus? Are you repentant? Are you forgiving? If these are a struggle, go to the Lord in prayer right now! Secondly, unity requires sacrifice for the weaker. We can’t always have it our way, we must be sacrificial for the wants and needs of others. If it always has to be your way, you are not humble, you are proud. When is the last time that you went along with something that you don’t like? Thirdly, unity matters more than your happiness. You read that right. Unity matters more that my happiness or yours. Unity is what pushes the mission forward. Unity is what builds the body. Lastly, it only happens through prayer! Jesus is the Son of God and He prayed for this. Why would we not pray for this?
Will you join me this week in praying for unity? What would our church look like it we were all willing to be sacrificial on others behalf? How dangerous to the kingdom of darkness would we be?