How do we take the beauty of what we experience within the church walls out to the wider community? How do we serve as missionaries in our own towns and cities? How do we get along with people of other Christian denominations? How do we embrace the words of Jesus, "that all of them may be one Father?" (John 17:21)
Each year we celebrate the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity from January 18 through January 25. Do we take this endeavor seriously? What is the point of having such a week? Does anyone really care?
If we take the Scriptures seriously we will take Christian unity seriously. Jesus never said, "Oh Father, give me 30,000 different denominations so we can experience disunity in all its splendor." He did say that, "there shall be one flock, one shepherd." (John 10:16)
Let us renew our commitment to pray and work for unity among all Christian believers--not just this week--but each and every day of our lives.
By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.