John 17:20-22 I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word, that they may all be one just as You, father are in Me, and I in You, that they may also be in Us, so that the world may know that you sent Me. The glory that You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one just as We are one, I in them and You in Me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that You sent Me.
Jesus prayed for unity of the believers in Him and in God. He prayed for the disciples but not only them but also for those who would come after them. That they would be of one heart and mind in God. He used the example of His relationship with the Father, that they are of one heart and one mind. The unity of believers is key to the advancement of the Gospel.
John 13:34-35; A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.
When believers live a life of love and commitment to each other and to their relationship with God, there can be no greater witness of the redeeming power of Jesus. How we relate with each other bears witness, to a world that is in need of genuine love, that there is a redeeming hope. Our relationship with each other as believers is a reflection of our relationship with God.
As the body of Christ we are called to:
Serve one another:
John 13:14: If I then, the Lord and the Teacher, washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.
1 Corinthians 12:12; For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ.
We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other. Each one of us is gifted uniquely so that we can be of blessing to each other and to the entire body of Christ.
Love one another:
John 15:12: This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you.
Psalm 133:1-3: Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity. It is like precious oil on the head running down on the beard, on the beard of Aaron, running down on the collar of his robes. It is like dew of Hermon, which falls on the mountains of Zion. For there the Lord commanded the blessing, life forevermore.
When we walk in love and unity we invite God’s blessing upon our lives.
To be devoted to the unity of one body:
Romans 12:5: So we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.
Romans 12:10: Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor.
Romans 12:16: Be of the same mind toward one another; do not be haughty in mind, but associate with the lowly Do not be wise in your own estimation.
To build up one another:
Romans 14:19: So then we pursue the things which make for peace and the building up of one another.
Hebrews 10:24-25; And let us consider how we may we spur one another on towards love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
We are to protect the unity of the body of Christ:
When we are united in Christ there is nothing that is impossible for us to achieve. We are able to accomplish exploits for God. The journey of Challenge is not just about going through a process, but more about finding our place in God and in relationship with each other. Jesus did not just call one disciple, He called the twelve so that they would walk together in responding to His great commission.
You and I are better together; we are better in our relationships when we are vulnerable with each other. We are able to achieve more together. May God lead and guide us as ICC to be a church of authentic fellowship where we walk together through the different stages of life.
Are you a part and parcel of the family of God? As we give towards the capital stewardship campaign are you committed? As we walk the journey of winning souls are you part of us?