“I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me through their message. I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one - as you are in me, Father, and I am in you. And may they be in us so that the world will believe you sent me.” John 17:20-21 NLT
Jesus is praying to the Father regarding his disciples and all future believers. He is praying that one thing take place, that believers will all be one. The finer nuances of God’s word seemed to often be pushed aside in an effect to project ones personal agenda or will onto a congregation. Liberal thinking and an inaccurate dissection of the Bible can lead many believers down a slippery slope, cheapening God’s message in the process. Believers in all walks of life must earnestly dig for the word of truth as they prayerfully seek spiritual understanding. “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.” (2 Timothy 2:15 NIV)
Being as one is being likeminded with the Lord and as a result with one another. Sadly, man-made denominations based on differences in doctrinal understanding makes this very difficult. How will the world ever come to know Christ if we can’t even agree on what the truth of the Gospel is? Believers need to take the personal relationship they have with Christ seriously. We all need to be Christ as much as we are able with the help of the Holy Spirit.
If you’re a true, blood bought believer in Christ, then you are included in this prayer. Even those who have yet to be saved are included, for Christ has foreknowledge of each conversion that is to come. We need to be a student of the scriptures, open to the movement of the Spirit and quiet before the Lord, so that we might live an effective life in His name. Those who do so will be in one accord with those other believers who have taken their induction into God’s family as an honor and privilege. Our prayer should always be “Use me Lord, that the world may see You in me.” Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!
Resources: Matthew Henry’s Commentary of the Bible; The Reformation Study Bible.