I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one. (John 17:20-22)
Today We Are One
From the beginning of time our Creator has desired man to worship Him. There is literally every reason in the world to give praise to the Lord because He made the world and He made us. He holds our breath in His hand. His provisions make it possible for us to live. Without the hand of God we will not exist. From Abel’s sacrifice of faith to what we do today we worship our Lord with praise, thanksgiving and honor.
Worship has a dual nature to its character. The vertical parts of our worship speak of our relationship to the Father. It is the horizontal part of our worship that binds the hearts of brethren together showing a deeper reason for our worship. The Lord’s day is a time of worship when we gather with one another and share in the bounty of God’s blessings as brethren. One of the lessons we learn today is that we are one. In Jesus’ prayer before the cross He earnestly desired that we be one. We bring our lives to the throne of God as one people. Diverse in our backgrounds we lift our hearts in praise. Singing gives honor to the Lord but we are teaching one another. Prayers are offered that speak of our salvation but we also talk of forgiveness, healing, guidance and love for one another.
The Lord’s Supper is an individual relationship as we meditate on the sacrifice of Christ. But let us not forget that we share as one in unity for what Christ has done for us. He saved me but He also saved you. He saved us both. His death was to bring you and I together as one people to worship Him. Who can think the preaching is only about the other person. The word of God is about me and you when I hear the preaching. It all applies to my life and your life and what we do together. It binds us together as one to follow the grace of Jesus Christ in our lives.
Today is about being one. Worship should be without malice toward others. When we come to the throne of God let us leave our petty squabbles and hurts at His feet so we can worship together as one. He died so we can enjoy a fellowship of unity. Greet everyone today – not just those you always speak with. Leave the cliques alone so we can be one. Embrace the lives of God’s children in worship today – it will change the way you see worship. Today is about being one!
A clergyman was once asked whether the members of his church were united. He replied they were perfectly united – frozen together. (Old Farmers Almanac, 1865)