One-ness

22nd July

I am pray that they will all be one, just as You and I are One….

John 17:21a

Jesus, when He walked on this earth, often declared that He and the Father were One; a statement which caused great offence to those listening. It was so hard for people to understand. They saw a man, the Son of Joseph, a carpenter, proclaiming that He and the Father were One. If this were true, it would have surely meant that Jesus was God; and for those listening, that would have been understood as blasphemy. Yet, what the people failed to recognise, is that Jesus’ birth as a human on earth, was long foretold though the very scriptures they read and were familiar with. They just chose to reject the truth, reject the prophetic signs and reject Jesus’ very own words. It was that disunity that Jesus indirectly prayed against. Unity is at the very heart of who God is, and it is the same unity found between the Trinity, that Jesus prayed for for His followers (that includes us too).

Moreover, it is, as Jesus said, “perfect unity” by through which “the world will know that You (the Father) sent Me and that You love them (US) as much as You love Me” (verse 23). It is by perfect unity lived out and shown through the Body of Christ, that the world will know the Father and His perfect love. It is from our actions, words and deeds, lived and breathed out in the spirit of unity, joined and connected by Christ, that the world will know more of who Jesus is and more about the Father’s heart for them. Jesus prayed that for His disciples and for us. Let us live in the truth and answer of Jesus’ prayer. Let us be ONE. Let us live in perfect unity with each other. Let us reject disharmony, disunity and discord and replace it with ONE-NESS in Christ.

Christ Is All That Matters

20th May

In this new life, it doesn’t matter if you are a Jew or a Gentile, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbaric, uncivilized, slave or free. Christ is all that matters, and He lives in all of us.”

Colossians 3:11

In today’s world there is so much trying to create disharmony. Be that political elections, a rise in racism and sexism, and a massive increase of disharmony and dis-unity; even in the church! Yet it is in the church that unity should be increasing. We so quickly forget that if Christ lives in us, then we are brothers and sisters of the same family. There is no separation. As Paul rightly says, ‘it doesn’t matter who or what you are….Christ is all that matters!’

Yes we may have different worship styles, we may speak different languages, we may have completely different characters and views about life, but we should be united because of Christ. Our prayer should be that we can love the bride of Christ, Jesus’ body, the church. Not the four walls that make a building, but the people that worship inside. Christ is all that matters. Our prayer should be that we can live in harmony with all types of people and be united in our worship to and of Jesus. Friends, brothers and sisters, let us put to death feelings of dis-unity and disharmony and allow Jesus to bond us and bind us together for His Kingdom. He is all that matters.

What Will You Be Doing For Christmas?

21stDecember

The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ. Some of us are Jews, some are Gentiles, some are slaves, and some are free. But we have all been baptised into one body and one Spirit, and we all share the same Spirit.

1 Corinthians 12:12-13

Christmas is celebrated differently everywhere… Interestingly some countries don’t even celebrate it at all. For some, Christmas is a normal working day, children still go to school, and Christmas passes by without an ounce of the Christmas spirit we experience in the western world. For others, Christmas is a fun time. Christmas is a time were family get together, sharing food and presents with one another, enjoying playing games, and being together.

Yet the one thing that unites the believers around the globe at this time of year, is the fact that we can celebrate the birth of our Saviour, Jesus Christ, no matter where we are in the world. It is an incredible joy to know that there are millions of Christians around the world that are rejoicing that Jesus was born over 2000 years ago, to take away our sins, to shower us with His love and to show us the way back to God.

Whatever you are doing this Christmas and wherever you are celebrating it (if at all), then remember this – there are others around the world that are as excited about celebrating Jesus birth as you are. They may not be celebrating in the traditional ‘Christmas’ way that you might know, but they are celebrating because a Saviour was born – the Lamb Of God.

The Power Of United Prayer

17th November

I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me through their message. I pray that they will all be one, just as You and I are One – as You are in Me, Father, and I am in You. And may they be in Us so that the world will believe You have sent Me.

John 17:20-21

Have you ever been praying for something for a long time then hear good news that what you prayed for has finally come to fruition? A lost friend? A new job? Healing? Incredibly our prayers never fall on deaf ears. It may be instantaneous or take a while but God honours persistent prayers. None more so, than His own Son’s prayer found in John 17 (we are fruit of His prayer)!

Jesus’ number one desire was that all believers may be united in Him, thus bringing glory to the Father. See in perfect unity, the enemy looses every time; We may get knocked down but by the power of unity, we can lift each other back up again. Perfect unity doesn’t distinguish between colour, denomination, or creed. Perfect unity says ‘yes we are different’ but in the same family. We are brothers and sisters, with God being our Heavenly Father.

Moreover, the power of believers united in prayer, in the most powerful tool we have been equipped with as believers. Many of the great revivals in the past have been started from a people, set out in unity to pray for the lost and peace on earth. With the current scenes that steal our newspapers front pages and those that don’t even make it to the papers, let us even more so, unite in prayer for this lost world, not just as ‘Christians’ but as brothers and sisters. The possibilities of change in this world are endless, if we would just be willing to join together in prayer and unity, interceding for our nations with hearts burdened for the lost, marginalised, en-slaved and mistreated. Let us fulfil Jesus’ prayer…. “I pray that they will all be one, just as You and I are One”! Let us unite in prayer.

One Body In Everything

25th and 26th July

If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it, and if one part is honoured, all the parts are glad. All of you are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it..”

1 Corinthians 12:12-13

Going to church on Sunday, shouldn’t be a religious checklist activity so that when you go home, you can tick the box that says ‘I went to church’. Church attendance is also not just for personal growth. It is not ‘what can I get from church’ but rather it should be ‘what can I give’, or ‘who can I serve’? There is something special about the body of the Christ. There is a deep connection. A church is often made up of many people from different walks of life, different cultures, different age groups and different spheres of influence. Yet all are united in the common factor of worshipping the same God together.

Furthermore, we are all there to support each other; There to lift each other up when we are feeling down, rejoice with each other when there is good news, encourage one another, cry with each other, pray and journey with each other. Our passion should not only be to see the lost come to Christ but to see our brothers and sisters running the race well, not wavering in faith and when life deals a hard blow, be there to support and pick them up. We should be the first to rejoice with our brothers and sisters when someone has received good news. We should praise God together.

Unity pleases God, helps us grow and stops the work of the enemy in our lives. The enemy lives to thwart unity. Yet in the power and because of the power of the Holy Spirit, we can live in love and harmony, bearing our brother’s burdens or rejoicing with our sister’s honour!