Be Perfectly One

22 I’ve given them the glory that you gave me so that they can be one just as we are one. 23 I’m in them and you are in me so that they will be made perfectly one. Then the world will know that you sent me and that you have loved them just as you loved me. –John 17:22-23

Jesus’ prayer in John 17 almost seems like it has a misprint. We might think that Jesus would pray that we would be perfectly complete as OURSELVES standing alone. Yet, Jesus prayed that we would be perfectly ONE.

And as I type that my mouth drops open. I’m convicted. And yet I’m set free.

Why did my mouth drop open? Amazement and shock. It seems we’ve been told the opposite. Be YOU. Get YOURS. Shake everyone else off and stand out however you want.

Friends, be perfectly ONE.

Why am I convicted? I have often desired to stand out at the cost of being ONE. It is hard to make decisions that help lift others up. We prefer to shine ourselves. Are we okay with not getting credit if God is glorified and others are filled with hope? This life isn’t about us. It’s about the beauty of the body of Christ functioning together.

Friends, be perfectly ONE.

And yet I’m set free in the midst of this revelation. There is nothing more restrictive than being a slave to the spotlight. In that quest for approval we end each day empty and exhausted, zapped by our life-stealing personal agendas.

Being ONE is how we live into the freedom that Jesus Christ gave us on the cross. Life is no longer about providing for ourselves. Our Lord took care of that. We are free from sin and death and the thirst for selfish gain.

The irony? Being ONE/the Church  is so unique that you will stand out in the world.

In a world full of individuals, being ONE is the most beautiful thing we can see and be a part of.

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