Yesterday at Central Baptist Church, 114 people made a written commitment to fully follow God just as the people did in Nehemiah 9-10. It was a beautiful picture of unity within the body of Christ.
As Jesus was preparing His disciples for life without Him, He prayed about unity in John 17:
20“I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word;
21that 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;
23I 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.
Jesus was praying for the disciples but then all who believe in in Him through their testimony… that includes you and me. Jesus was praying for us in John 17.
I think it’s interesting to note that Jesus assumed the Church would grow but prayed for unity! It’s probably because unity is so easily broken.
I’ve never quite figured out how to measure unity. I know it when I see it. I also know when it’s not there. Unity is so intangible. I saw it, though, in those 114 people that walked down that aisle to make their commitment. Unity is a wonderful thing. Just as Jesus did, let’s hit our knees and continue to pray for it!
Do you have any thoughts about unity? Do you know how to measure unity? Share your thoughts in the comments.
Photo by Tim Green