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The situation was ominous. Everywhere, pagans worshiped idols. Crime and violence were rampant. The Israelites were exploited and mistreated.
Then God called Moses into the fray.
Moses was a murderer. He couldn't speak in public, had no leadership experience, and was totally opposed to the idea.
But after forty years, Moses led God's people to the brink of the Promised Land.
A millennium and a half later, an out-of-control Pharisee threatened to destroy the fledgling church. He ripped families apart. Those he couldn't kill he threw into prison.
Then God called Saul of Tarsus to make a 180° change. Instead of persecuting Jesus and His church, Saul became its greatest missionary.
There are many others. Joseph, Joshua, Ruth, Samuel, David, Daniel, Mary, Peter, John and Philip, to name a few. People that God used to make a real difference in the world.
But what made the difference? What caused these ordinary people to be extraordinarily effective in God’s service?
Jesus: One with His Father
When Jesus talked with His disciples in the upper room, He knew only hours remained. He was about to give Himself as the sacrifice for all. Time was short, so He explained how it would be after His resurrection. It was crucial that they follow His orders.
When He prayed, He got right to the point:
Holy Father, keep them in your name, which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are one…The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me. (John 17:11, 22-23 ESV)
Note that Jesus prayed for you. He wants to be one with you. And for you to be one with your heavenly Father.
Jesus knew what He was talking about, because that's exactly how He lived. That's what motivated, energized, inspired and directed Him.
The point is this: you can have the same kind of connection. Just like Jesus, you can become one with God.
No, you aren't the Messiah. You'll probably never be an itinerant preacher. And none of us will die on a cross for the world's sins.
But Jesus prayed we would be one with Him, one with His Father, and one with each other. Would He pray that if it weren't possible?
2,000 years later, the need has never been greater.
Social and political upheaval abound. War and destruction know no borders. Personal selfishness is everywhere.
But God continues to build His kingdom. And He calls you to His kingdom work. He can use you in that work to the extent you grow in oneness with Him.
As Jesus said in the upper room, God wants each of us to be one with Him. That's our ultimate goal as Christians - daily growing to be just like Jesus, one with God.
Hi. I'm David Gosnell, founder of Mission:Oneness. I've devoted years to seeking oneness with God. It's a lifelong journey. Every week I share what I've learned with people like you who want to grow closer to God.
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