Jesus On Unity

unityWe continue our journey into every word spoken by Jesus in the Gospels to help us all KNOW JESUS MORE NOW.

We’re in the midst of a series entitled JESUS ON EVERYTHING. Today’s topic: UNITY.

As amazing as it sounds, Jesus prayed for you and me. Here’s what he said:

My prayer is not for [the disciples] alone. I pray for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one: I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. (John 17:20-23)

Here are a pair of other unity verses straight from the mouth of Jesus:

Jesus Prayed for You and Me

GUWG-Cross-Cloud-5We continue our journey into every word spoken by Jesus in the Gospels to help us all KNOW JESUS MORE NOW.

What’s the last thing Jesus did before he headed to the garden to be arrested?

He prayed for his disciples — and then, get this: he prayed for you and me.

Here is his prayer in its entirety. Far too few humans have actually read through it in one sitting. Don’t be one of them. Pray through every word right now. Please.

One Body

Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.  We have different gifts, according to the grace given us.  Romans 12:4-6a

God paints a beautiful picture of what His church should look like:  one awesome body, with each person playing a valuable part.

That got me thinking.  What exactly is my part in God’s body?  And what if I don’t particularly like it?

When I was in high school, as a prank one of my friends turned in an essay under my name entitled “My Epiglottis.”  It went on and on for several pages describing in excruciating (and quite humorous) detail my love for my epiglottis.  My English teacher liked it better than anything I had ever actually written myself and even read parts of it out loud to the class.

Anyway, I have to admit that before that point I had no idea what my epiglottis was.  But I ended up with a new appreciation for that unobtrusive little flap of skin at the back of my throat.  Basically, the epiglottis’ job is to save our lives several times every single day by keeping food from going down our windpipe.

So, what if my role in God’s body is to be something unglamorous like an epiglottis?  What if I would rather be an eyeball?  Or an ear?  Or maybe a big toe?

God answers that very question:  If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be?  If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be?  But in fact God has arranged the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be.  If they were all one part, where would the body be?  As it is, there are many parts, but one body.  1 Corinthians 12:17-20

So, how do you know what your part is?  God answers that question, too: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you.  Romans 12:3

In other words, do some deep thinking, praying and talking to others to help you see more clearly the special gifts and abilities God has given you.  And then put ’em to use.