20 “I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word;
21 that they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me.
22 The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one;
23 I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me.”
When Christians are united, we are more powerful for the name of Christ.
Unity also mobilizes us to best reach the world. Why do you think the enemy tries to keep us so divided? Unfortunately, he is often successful in these efforts. Divisiveness is rampant within the Christian community.
Look at how many different churches and denominations are in existence today. You probably know at least one church that split because the members couldn’t agree on certain things. You may have even experienced this personally. There is no shortage of issues or theological subjects causing division within the church today.
In the midst of all this conflict, Jesus calls us to fix our eyes on our future glory. He commands that we put aside meaningless differences and bond in our shared love for Him and for others. We cannot serve Him effectively if we are constantly at one another’s throats. Jesus prayed for us to have unity. He blesses the peacemakers and calls them His children (Matthew 5:9).
The world will be most impacted by the church when the church is most unified in Christ.
• How does it make you feel to know that Jesus prayed for those who would follow Him in the future?
• Are your thoughts, words, and actions bringing harmony or discord into the body of believers? Where do you need to seek reconciliation with others?
• Follow Jesus’ example from these verses and pray for unity among believers. Pray for unity among churches, among our country, among our nation’s leaders, and throughout the world. Pray for the love of Christ to replace hate.