Thought for the Day #353

 

ONE IN THY NAME

 

 John 17:11; 21-23

 

11 "And I am no more in the world; and yet they themselves are in the world, and I come to Thee. Holy Father, keep them in Thy name, the name which Thou hast given Me, that they may be one, even as We are.

 

 21 that they may all be one; even as Thou, Father, art in Me, and I in Thee, that they also may be in Us; that the world may believe that Thou didst send Me. 22 "And the glory which Thou hast given Me I have given to them; that they may be one, just as We are one; 23 I in them, and Thou in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, that the world may know that Thou didst send Me, and didst love them, even as Thou didst love Me.

 

This Scripture holds many truths and thoughts. We could dwell upon any number of them, but for today, let us dwell upon verse 11.

 

This is a prayer offered by the Lord Jesus Christ to the Heavenly Father. Jesus makes a profound statement in asking the Father “to keep them in thy name, the name, which thou hast given me, that they may be one even as we are one.”

 

Obviously, the name of the Father and the name of the son is the same. Jesus further declares that he and the Father are one and that he wants us, his children, to be “one” as they are. This has two meanings. First, we are to be one with our Lord.  Secondly, we are to become one with each other.

 

There is a special bond among those who have been born-again into the kingdom of God through Jesus, who offered his blood sacrifice for the sins of his people. Every truly born-again Christian has a kindred spirit with others who have been born-again. We have all become the Family of God.

 

Though complete strangers, the Holy Spirit gives witness to our spirit, that we are sons of God. In like manner, we are one with the heavenly Father, and Jesus our Lord, and we should be one with each other, because we are all brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus.

 

Let us see the strength and character found in us all, forgetting our petty differences, standing in one accord and all of the power and authority of Jesus name.

 

Prayer:

 

Heavenly Father, I come to you in prayer asking that you would help me to be bonded with my brothers and sisters in the Lord, as I am with you and the heavenly Father.  I know that when I reject one of your children.  I am also rejecting you.  Help me to pray for those who have faults and forgive those who have offended me.  I want nothing to sever our fellowship together.  I pray in the name of Jesus.  Amen.