“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also 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.” — John 17:20-21
I recently had dinner at a friend’s new house. My friend is a general contractor who builds custom homes and buildings. His wife told me they had a grand vision for this new home. Before the foundation was even poured, they had a picture of what their home would look like. Their three-story home was stunning. It had a beautiful stone fireplace in their large, inviting living room. Their custom kitchen had a sizable island to prepare and serve food. Their home was a vision fulfilled.
Jesus had a vision for His Church. In John 17:20, He prays for all Christians, including you and me, who would be a part of that vision. In John 17:21, He lays out the vision for His Church, that we would be one. His vision is for unity — that all Christians would be united under His lordship; that all Christians would be united to fulfill the Great Commission.
His vision was for the Church to not be divided along racial, cultural, socioeconomic, political or generational lines. The unity of the Church would be just like the unity of the Father and the Son. The united Church would be a witness to the world that Jesus was sent from God. His vision wasn’t uniformity or sameness, but rather unity — same King and mission.
What we have to ask is this: “Is Jesus’ vision for His Church being fulfilled?” And ask yourself, “What can I do to contribute to the unity of His Church?”
— Ikki Soma, Houston Rockets chaplain
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