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Devotional - week of September 1, 2013


LET THE WORLD KNOW

But that the world may know that I love the Father, and as the Father gave Me commandment, so I do.  John 14:31

John 5:17 quotes Jesus saying, “My Father has been working until now, and I have been working.” He follows in verse 19 with “Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner.” Jesus was in continual fellowship with the Father and did the Father’s will. His obedience to the Father revealed that He loved the Father.

In John 17:21, Jesus prays, “that they [believers] 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.”

In John 17:23, Jesus prays, “that they [all [believers] may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.”

By walking in the will of God and being in a spirit of unity, today’s believers can tell the world that we love the Father, that the Father sent Jesus and that the Father loves believers as much as He loved Jesus.

With these verses, Jesus tells us that we can impact the unsaved without words and without words prepare them for hearing the message of the Gospel.

Bringing all born again believers to a life of obedience to God and into a spirit of unity may seem an impossibility. Nothing is impossible with God. Believers who are filled with the Holy Spirit live in obedience to the Lord and in fellowship with each other. The first fruit of the Spirit mentioned in Galatians 5:22 is love—the God-kind of love.

May God raise up someone or some group through which He might bring His giant army of born again believers to a life of obedience to Him and into a spirit of unity. We do not have to leave our own denominations to live in fellowship with other born again believers. Unity among believers is not limited to unity in individual churches.