Daily Easter Devotion Wednesday, April 10th

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 – Psalm 147:1-11; Daniel 2:17-30; 1 John 2:12-17 and John 17:20-26

John 17:20-26 – 20“I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word, 21that they may all be one. As you, Father, 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. 22The glory that you have given me I have given them, so that they may be one, as we are one, 23I in them and you in me, that they may become completely one, so that the world may know that you have sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. 24Father, I desire that those also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory, which you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world.

25“Righteous Father, the world does not know you, but I know you; and these know that you have sent me. 26I made your name known to them, and I will make it known, so that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.”

This was Jesus’ prayer for his disciples then and all who would follow them. This means, this is Jesus’ prayer for his followers of today.

The brokenness, the continual fracturing of Christ’s body really bothers me. We split hairs over this and that bringing more disunity to the very body which should be one.

I give thanks for how God has worked to bring some semblance of unity to the churches in Forsyth or at least some of them. Through the mentoring program and the relational ministries program we show how we can work together in Christ’s name even though we don’t agree on all theological issues. It’s a joy to me and I’m sure to God when his body can “play” together. I say play because it is in the doing of this work that we do work side by side, joining our hands together in the name and spirit of Christ.

A favorite hymn of mine is “They’ll Know We Are Christians By Our Love”.

We are one in the Spirit, we are one in the Lord
We are one in the Spirit, we are one in the Lord
And we pray that our unity will one day be restored
And they’ll know we are Christians by our love, by our love
Yes they’ll know we are Christians by our love

We will work with each other, we will work side by side
We will work with each other, we will work side by side
And we’ll guard each man’s dignity and save each man’s pride
And they’ll know we are Christians by our love, by our love
Yes they’ll know we are Christians by our love.

We will walk with each other, we will walk hand in hand
we will walk with each other, we will walk hand in hand
and together we’ll spread the news that God is in our land
and they’ll know we are Christians by our love, by our love
yes they’ll know we are Christians by our love

 Today, pray for the many different parts of Christ’s body, pray for Christ being shown through them.

We all know someone who worships at a church other than our own or maybe doesn’t worship in any church yet professes faith in Christ. See if they have time today, to join you in some friendly conversation about what keeps your church and theirs a part and what you share in common. Then take time to pray for their church and ask them to pray for your own that Christ might be known through each.

In my prayers today will be the United Methodist Church, The Missouri Synod Lutheran Church, Forsyth Christian Church (an Independent Christian Church), the Baptist churches in Forsyth; First, Riverview Baptist Church, Sardis General Baptist Church, Forsyth Church of Christ, Our Lady of the Ozarks Catholic Church, The River, The Assembly of God church, Calvary Chapel, Tanneyville Chapel, the Nazarene Church, The Seventh Day Adventist Church and all the others I may have left off my list, but yet are on God’s list.

My prayer is this; that even in our disunity, God can bring about signs of the unity we have in him. Bless all our ministries, that our oneness in him, outshine all that divides us. May this be so, O God. this is my prayer in the name of the one who prayed that we might be one, namely our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Psalm 147:1-11 – 1   Praise the Lord!
How good it is to sing praises to our God;
for he is gracious, and a song of praise is fitting.

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