“That they all 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.” John 17:21
What is the greatest power that allows the unsaved to make a decision to follow Jesus Christ? It isn’t prayer, though prayer is very important. It isn’t good deeds, though good deeds do indicate a fruitful relationship with God. It isn’t just our good behavior, though Christ does command us to be obedient as sons.
The greatest power God’s children have over darkness is UNITY. Jesus talked about His oneness with the Father and the importance of unity in the Body of Christ. It might be the most difficult command Jesus has given to the church, because it wars against the most evil aspect of our sin nature which is - independence!
In these last days we are seeing God’s Spirit convict His children of the lack of unity among His Church. God’s Spirit is moving to bring unity between blacks and whites, ethnic groups, denominations, and para church groups. There is so much competition and walls of division among His body that must come down.
When God sees sectarianism and the pride of competition, He must weep over the lost who cannot come to Him because they cannot see Him in His body. When His body is one, the unbelieving will see that Jesus was truly sent by God. Unity and love for one another is like a supernatural key that unlocks heaven to the soul that is lost. The key is in the hand of Christ’s church. When there is unity, there is power! Imagine what God can do with a unified church. Scripture tells us that 5 will chase 100, but 100 will chase 10,000 (Lev. 26:8)
There is a dynamic multiplication factor in unity of numbers. If we could unify God’s people at any level, we would be much more effective.
Jesus prayed that we might all be one, as the Father and He are one. He wanted the same love God has for Jesus to be in each of us. When this love is in us the walls fall down. The independent spirit is broken. Competition is destroyed. Satan’s accusations are thwarted.
Our love for each other is manifest to the world around us. This will draw souls who are lost to be a kind of love that is completely foreign to them.