It’s been a little while since I’ve written but this past weekend I was a youth leader at Simpson County’s Disciple Now. One of the messages has been on my heart ever since and I wanted to share a few of my favorite parts. The very last night, the pastor spoke on “One Enemy, One Heart, One Purpose”. I have not been able to get over the verses he read that night.
The first comes from John 17:20-23 and PLEASE READ IT ALL!!! “20 My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one—23 I in them and you and me—so that they may be brought to complete UNITY. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.”
WOAH. My mind was absolutely blown as he was reading this verse. I could not get over how perfect it was and how each and EVERY SINGLE ONE OF US (not just some) should be living this verse out. Every day on social media or even just in society, you see people bickering/arguing and disagreeing all the time. We may not all agree on everything but we are called to be ONE. Not two, not three, ONE… in Jesus!!! Jesus didn’t picture us to be separated or to be divided and honestly, I feel like it breaks His heart when we act this way. He wants unity between His people so why can’t we give Him that?
Acts 4:32 says “All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had.”
1 Corinthians 1:10 says “I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought.”
If these verses aren’t enough clarity and proof that we should be unified with each other I don’t know what is. The pastor’s message this weekend absolutely blew my mind but I know it was God speaking through him. The students and even leaders in our county needed to hear that and maybe so do you. Maybe God laid this blog on my heart to reach you and open your eyes to something you may be doing wrong.
Love your neighbor. Don’t fuss or fight. Be ONE in Jesus name.
Thanks for reading (if you made it this far). i love you ❤