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That All May Be One

John 17:20-21: "My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21that 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.”

This is a startling section of scripture. I wonder how often we think about what it really means and ask what the practical implications are. Sadly it seems we often already have our ideas about God and the Christian life, and that what the Bible actually says or the way God actually operates doesn’t practically alter our preconceptions.

It matters where we think God is and what our position in regard to him actually is. This scripture states as fact that we are to be in God as the Father is in the Son and the Son is in the Father and that we are to be one as they are. It’s what Jesus prayed for. If we love God and are serious about that love, we need to seek to make it a reality in our lives, to actualize it. Not in our own strength or time, but by cooperating with God’s presence and action in our lives. It’s a process, I think, a journey. But God is serious about it. And if we are serious about it, it will make a dramatic difference in the way we relate to God and to one another. We will seek to more and more love like God and actually live in and live as expressions of him. May this become more and more a reality in all our lives.

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Scripture Readings for Sunday, July 2

First Lesson Genesis 22:1-14
Psalm Psalm 13
Second Lesson Romans 6:12-23
The Holy Gospel Matthew 10:40-42

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