by Michael Clark
Just before He was to go to the cross Jesus prayed, “That they all may be one; as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that you have sent me. And the glory which you gave me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:” (Joh 17:21-22)
Jesus was who He was/is because He was/is ONE with the Father. Without the Father He could do nothing. He even told Philip if he had seen Jesus he had seen the Father. Herein did Jesus receive glory from the Father. As WE are ONE in the Father and the Son, we receive the same glory as Christ did and THIS is the witness to the world of the true gospel of Jesus Christ. Is it any wonder that Christians are so attacked in this very area of unity? First they are pulled away by the seductions of the world to keep them from unity with the Father and the Son and secondly they are divided against one another by sectarianism, pride and unforgiveness. Is walking in unity, His glory and living the gospel of Christ important enough to us to call out to God to change our hearts and conform us into the image of Christ? Or will we remain content to go on without His glory in us in a mediocre existence and be that salt that has lost its saltiness that is good for nothing but to be troden under the feet of men? This seems to be the choice we are all facing in this hour.