Key to God's Redemptive Mission
they all be one,
You, Father, are in Me and I am in You.
they also be one in Us,
the world may believe You sent Me.—John 17:21
God often speaks of human relationships as a part of His mission to redeem a
lost world (John
25:40). One reason He gives for a husband and wife to live in unity is so
they can produce a "godly seed,” that is, children who love and obey God, who
can be used in God's mission to bring redemption to a lost world (Mal. 2:14–15).
Similarly, the church is the body of Christ. A church cannot be on mission with
the Father in our world if its members are waging war with one another (1 Cor. 12:12).
There is a crucial connection between our relationships with others and the
salvation of those around us.
We might assume that during Jesus' prayer before His crucifixion, He would
have prayed that His disciples would have courage, or would remain faithful, or
would remember what they had been taught. Yet He asked that His followers would
remain united in their love for one another. Jesus understood that it is
spiritually impossible to love God but not love others.
A test of your love for God is to examine your love for others. Our tendency
is to say, "Heavenly Father, the problem is not between You and me. I love You
with all my heart. I just don't love my brother.” And God says, "That is an
impossibility. You cannot love Me without loving the ones for whom My Son died”
13:34–35). Your life will not convince those around you of the reality of
Jesus if you cannot live in unity with your fellow Christians.—Experiencing
God Day by Day