Unity as Evangelism

by | May 4, 2024 | Devotional, Missions | 0 comments

John 17:20-23

What is it that makes the world believe that Jesus is Lord? This is the question of evangelism. How do I get my friend, who I love, to believe in Jesus? I could invite them to church… I could eloquently give a defense for my faith… I could pray for them. All good things. Each of these have their role in our understanding of our call “nothing better to do” than evangelism, but these are only part of it. Evangelism is much bigger than a thing we do, it is who we are. We cannot call ourselves Christian and neglect evangelism, though many do.

When Jesus prayed his famous prayer to God, one of the few intimate moments with God that we see in the gospels, Jesus prays for the unity of believers, so that the world might believe. Did you catch that? It is your unity as a body of Christ that will testify to the divinity of Jesus. How can that be?

 20 “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 

This past Sunday the body of Christ gathered at Woodridge Baptist Church, I’m not talking about Sunday morning worship, though that happened too. Sunday night 4 different churches, over 350 people gathered to pray and worship together. Undoubtedly, there were different views on racism, the border, and the American governments role in the Israeli/Palestinian conflict in the room, but that room was different from the rest of society. In that room, there was nothing but unity, a cacophony of praise and prayer to the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords
Got a reflection on this week’s devotional? I would love to hear from you! Email me at clint.wyllie@kingwoodmethodist.org

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