THEME: UNITY IN THE BODY
TEXT: JOHN 17:20-21
HYMN: EMHB 516 – When we walk with the Lord
It is God’s purpose for all believers to “attain to the Unity of the Faith” (Ephesians 4:2-7). With many Christians, especially with evangelicals, (that is, those who preach the gospel) there has been a tendency to confuse Faith and Doctrine. We need to recognize those who are truly accepted by the Lord. Faith is not doctrine but obedience to the Lord. It is through faith we are saved, and not by correct teaching (Eph. 2:8, James 1:22-25; 2:14-26, Hebrews 3:12-19.)
It is often said that “unity is strength” and “united we stand but divided we fall”. Unity is very important. When we are united in Spirit, miracles happen, ‘mountains’ can be removed and healings take place. It is, therefore, important that Christians should be united when praying or when at war against Satan and all forces of evil such as “principalities and powers”.
It is when we are in Christ and Christ is in us that we can bear good fruit just like the vine and the branches. (John 15:5)
A house divided against itself, is bound to collapse. The unity Jesus was expressing in the passage is unity in obedience. He was united with His Father (God) in absolute obedience. Hence, everything Jesus asks from His Father or whatever believers ask God through Jesus is done immediately without any delay.
Jesus said I have come to do the will of My Father in absolute obedience. The Holy Spirit can only work effectively in us when we resolve to be obedient. We must resolve to do the will of the Father at all cost.
MEMORY VERSE: John 14:20 “On that day you will realize that I am in my Father and you are in me and I in you.”
PRAYER: Grant me the grace to walk in obedience with you all the days of my life in Jesus’ name.