by Single Sisters in University
And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one…John 17:22
I have been meditating on the above verse for some time now and kept on wondering: “What does it mean to be ‘one’ with God as Jesus mentioned?” This verse comes from Jesus’ last prayer (John 17) before His arrest. He took time to pray for Himself, then the disciples, and finally the future Christians. In His prayer for Christians, Jesus’ desire was for the Church to be one just as He is one with God. So, before even becoming one with my fellow brethren, I must first learn what it means to be one with God. It is easy to conceptualize Jesus’ unity with God: I mean they never fight with each other, they work harmoniously together, and they understand and love each other. Then, how does that look like between God and I? The time I understand what unity between God and I should be, I’ll be, consequently, able to pursue it with my fellow brethren.
During my time of meditation, I was trying to come up with a picture of what it looks like to be one with God. Another verse in the Bible that talks about two becoming one is the popular passage from Genesis 2:24 “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.” In my unschooled opinion, a couple in a good marriage is expected to walk together throughout all facets of life; they may disagree in some areas but always must come to a consensus; they share belongings; and in times of troubles, they must stick together because unity is strength. Translating that into my relationship with God, it means that I must also walk in unison with Him by submitting to His Word, take on His nature (peace, authority over demons, joy, patience, etc) as I offer Him my body as a living sacrifice, and in times of troubles or persecutions I should be closer to Him. Let me be honest and I am sure many will agree with me on this one: It.is.easier.said.than.done!!! Galatians 5:17 says “for the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please.” In good times, it’s easy to submit to the Word of God, however, when God’s ways clash with mine, I find it harder to follow Him. Especially during times of persecutions and trials, I tend to blame God for all the evil happening to me because as the All-Powerful God, He’s still allowing this humialiation to befall me.
Galatians 5:16 “But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh.”
I can’t be one with God by my own efforts, it’s simply impossible. My flesh will always stir me to rebel against the plans of God, especially when He asks me to wait patiently for His rescue. But thanks be to our Heavenly Father who has given us the Holy Spirit to help us ‘not carry out the desire of the flesh.’ If I intentionally pray to be filled by the Spirit on a daily basis, He will help me submit to God during bad times, give me the power to draw closer to the Lord in moments of trials, and reject the lies of the devil about God’s uncaring attitude. And that’s the way to become one with God; not by my strenuous efforts, but by allowing the Holy Spirit to work in me. Now, once I learn to become one with God in my daily walk with Him, I can then become one with my fellow brethren.
I believe that as children of God, this is what we must aspire to do: Be one with our Heavenly Father so that the devil will have no foothold in us, because unity is strength! This unity is not just for Jesus and God, we can also enjoy it, as heirs of God. May the Lord help us.