GodReflection: It’s Jesus Friday
“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.” – Jesus of Nazareth
It’s a shame we didn’t listen to our mothers. Strife would own a lot less territory.
A lack of unity plagues families, neighborhoods, churches, and nations.
Unity, this doctrine of Jesus—when portrayed by his church—changes both the world and eternity.
There is a sense that unity as a stand-alone doctrine is powerless.
I can’t will unity. Not even God can will unity. Jesus prayed in the garden for unity to be a reality among those who were to follow him in the future. It did not happen.
However, this anemic doctrine explodes in power when it flows in unity with the entirety of doctrine modeled and taught by the Son of God.
Jesus’ unity doctrine has power to demolish church-building walls. Jesus’ unity doctrine has power to clean out the nitty gritty divisive opinions we humans have come to call doctrine.
Jesus’ unity doctrine has power to heal families, eliminate poverty, and to see the Son of God honored around the globe.
The good news is Jesus calls me to join with him as a participant in God’s unity project.
Jesus’ unity project is rather easy to outline and hard as nails to live out in my walk. It is only possible when I live from the heart of Jesus under God’s sphere of grace, and by the power of the Holy Spirit.
I can begin to cultivate unity through baby steps in hope of one day walking the unity path with a more determined stride.
I think of three small steps I can take.
I can speak well of others.
Slander is divisive. I can return the right of judgment to God and his Son—judgment robes only come in divine sizes.
I can raise my eyes to see the glory of Christ’s entire body.
Fallen creation—as I know it—is in the process of redemption through Jesus’ body. The church is going about the elimination of poverty, the reduction of hunger, the fight against disease, and the distribution of the bread of life.
Rather than a closed door, I can be a window into the heart of Jesus.
The more unity that appears, the more we can all declare, “It is Jesus.”
Perhaps it’s time for us to become we.
I would love to know how you implement Jesus’ unity doctrine in your walk.
Dr. Gary J. Sorrells – A GodReflection on Unity as a Doctrine of Jesus.