Daily Devotional

Joni Eareckson Tada’s inspirational daily devotionals are biblical insights that will enrich,
enlighten, and encourage you in your walk with Christ Jesus.

One With Him

Holy Father, protect them; so that they may be one as we are one. -John 17:11

Jesus wants his followers to be one in the same intimate, sweet way that he and the Father experience oneness. Think of the immense satisfaction and gladness the Father and Son experience in each other. Think of their agreement and delight, how each rejoices in pleasing the other. Jesus always deferred to the Father, always pointed to him, and lifted him up. They have the same mind and share the same heart about absolutely everything. Now ponder this: we are destined to enjoy this same intimacy with one another.

The best of friendships are only embryonic on earth, snatching only a few short years to mature. There's never enough time. Words can never convey the overflow of our hearts. I experienced this bittersweet sadness with intimate friends. I love them so much that I want to pass through them, to know them fully, and be one with them. Not to possess, but to meld with them. I can't on earth. I am on the outside of their heart's door, always wanting to get closer, even while relishing in their company. My longings are eased knowing that in heaven I will "get in." In heaven we shall experience the oneness which God intended all along.

God wants you to get a head-start on heaven by cultivating right now a deep and abiding oneness with your Christian friends. Romans 12:5 says, “Each member belongs to all the others.” Ephesians 4:3-4 adds, “Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit... ”  We already are one, and earth merely provides the greenhouse where our oneness begins to flower. Ask the Lord to show you how you can glorify him through the refinement of your relationships with your brothers and sisters in Christ.

Father God... Lord Jesus Christ... show me how I can serve and glorify you more completely through deepening my friendships with other Christians!
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