20 But it is not only about them that I ask, but also about those believing in Me because of their word.
21 That they might all be one, even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they might also be in Us, so that the world might believe that You did send Me.
22 And the glory which You have given to Me I have given to them, so that they might be one even as We are one.
23 I in them and You in Me, that they might be perfectly one, so that the world might know that You sent Me and You loved them, even as You love Me
We are all aware that unity between churches is not something that figures greatly in the minds of most Christians. This is true of both church leaders and the members of various churches.
The disunity of churches is not what Jesus prayed for. He prayed that we would all be one, even as He and the Father are one.
It is a fact of life that humanity does not find unity of any kind particularly easy to achieve. Indeed it is often true that it is easier to promote disunity than it is to promote unity.
This is true not just of churches, but it is also found in families. Splits within families are quite common, with certain members refusing to talk to each other. This is particularly sad when those family members profess to be followers of Jesus.
Divorce is the result of disunity, for whatever reason. Disunity causes an unbreachable chasm that neither party is prepared to try and bridge. Such disunity is extremely damaging for the families concerned. It is a disunity that is contrary to God’s way for the family.
Disunity is everywhere we look, not just among the churches. Our political system is built upon disunity. Political parties disagree with one another, and even within individual parties there are often sharp disagreements.
Our world is infected with disunity and its crippling effects on individuals and larger socials groups.
Countries go to war because of disunity.
When we consider the amount of disunity around us we see how very different the world is, also the church, and society from what God’s desire is for His creation.
Each one of us is responsible for the disunity that we may cause, and none of us can claim to be immune from being promoters of disunity.
Therefore, it is good for us to pause and consider the prayer of Jesus that we should be one.
Today let this prayer of Jesus be at the forefront of our minds.