June 1, 2019
For full passage click: John 17:20-23 …”I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one. As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us…” vss. 20-21a
As John recounts Jesus’ final prayer with his disciples, his language can seem repetitious and obscure. As a result, we can easily miss an amazing truth that redefines our whole relationship with God. We catch the part about unity of course—we know that Jesus intended that his followers be one as they live and work in the world. It’s a part of the Christ intention that we have an enormously difficult time putting into practice! But what we miss is the reference Jesus makes to the unity he has with the Father. Not only are Jesus and the Father one, we are also included. Think of it: we are in God and God is in us! That means we carry within us the spark of divinity. God not only became incarnate in Jesus, God becomes incarnate within us. And unless that presence is obscured by the cares of this world, the Light and Love we show forth is the hope of all people. That’s why it’s so important for us to put aside the petty doctrinal differences that the enemy uses to keep us from our unified mission and purpose. Of course, we’re going to have different ideas about how to do church, that’s to be expected, but never should those contrary notions keep us from our unified mission in Christ!
Thought for the Day: How does divinity show in my life?