Unity in Christ

Today’s devotion was originally published in The Upper Room.


Jesus said, “I pray they will be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. I pray that they also will be in us, so that the world will believe that you sent me.”  John 17:21

Seeing a huge, disorganized group of ducks flying overhead, I pulled to the side of the road to get a better look. I witnessed three groups merge into a giant V formation. The newly formed flock then stayed together, at times changing positions but keeping in formation. When one bird fell behind, two others fell back with it until they were able to rejoin the group and return to their original positions. What a sight to behold!

This kind of unity doesn’t always come so naturally for brothers and sisters in Christ. But imagine what could be accomplished if all the members of God’s flock embraced their role, knowing that everyone is critical to the success of the flock arriving at its destination. Imagine if all joined in unity, striving and surrendering themselves to God’s purpose.

Being in unity isn’t just possible; it’s God’s desire and plan. Jesus prayed for his disciples to be one as Jesus and his Father were one and later sent the Holy Spirit to empower and bond us. God wants us to embrace our place in the flock. If brothers or sisters in Christ fall behind, God calls us to help restore them to their place.

When Christians lay aside differences and focus on being one in Christ, working together for God’s purpose, the possibilities are endless!

- Therese Marszalek (Minnesota, USA)

Today's Prayer
Father God, help us to walk in unity with our brothers and sisters in Christ. Amen.

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