Unity is such a little word, and yet, it is something that is difficult for human beings to attain. Division and divisiveness seem to be our natural state. We somehow naturally tend towards exclusion, towards cliques and accepting only those who are like us. We find reasons to think we are better than others and justify keeping certain people on the outside.
For the last few years, God has been stirring something in my heart about unity – this complicated and yet, really simple thing that is an essential ingredient in His Kingdom.
Jesus prayed, “And I do not pray for these alone, but for those who will believe in Me through their word, that they may all be one, as You, Father are in Me, and I in You, that they also may be one in Us, so that the world may believe that You have sent Me.” (John 17:20-21)
Unity mattered to Jesus then and it matters to Him now. He wanted His followers to be united and intimately connected to each other so that the world would believe in Him. There are many things that divide us – denominational differences, customs, cultures, language, creeds… and yet, there is so much that unites. At the core of our faith is a belief in a loving God who loves each of us just the same, and a Saviour who desires us to be united in Him.
I pray, that Jesus’ prayer would become our prayer too.
May we be one.
“In essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; in all things, love.” – St. Augustine