Oneness with God
“But whoever is united with the Lord is one with him in spirit.” 1 Corinthians 6:17
Oneness with God opens the door for intimacy and understanding. It is a place of peace and contentment. At a Christian’s conversion there is a recalibration to Christ—alignment with the Almighty is instituted. But the world, the flesh, and the devil tries to pull back believers from belief. Thus, wise Jesus followers seek unity around the Lord’s agenda.
God expects our behavior to bend toward His standards and expectations. Devout saints seek oneness in spirit with the Spirit of God. There is a prayerful and passionate pursuit of living out their holy position in Christ. Any affection in competition with Christ threatens to seduce a soul into insignificant pursuits. It can be an acute obsession with sports or a chronic sexual exploitation. But, eternal affections become one with God in spirit. We romance a relationship with Jesus, so we are not deceived to trust lost lovers.
“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you.” John 17:20-21a
Your oneness with your heavenly Father is a positive indicator to the negative noise of unbelief. When God seekers see you seek the Lord in your pain and prosperity, they take notice. Unity around Christ causes others to come to Christ. However, you cannot be one with Jesus without being one with the others who bow in humble belief in Him.
Who are you out of fellowship with because of a lack of forgiveness in your relationship? When the Body of Christ is split in fractious debate, a lost world looks on in dismay. However, when Christians unify around the death and resurrection of Jesus—a unified spirit draws unbelievers by the Holy Spirit. So, pray for unity amongst diversity in your church to be a source of strength in your community. Indeed, prayer powers oneness with the Lord and others. What God joins together in unity of spirit draws a lost world to Jesus.
“May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one—I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.” John 17:21b-23
How can I better bend toward eternal expectations and align with the Lord’s agenda?
Related Readings: Romans 6:19; Ephesians 4:5; Philippians 3:21; Hebrews 2:5, 18
Don’t Talk Your Dreams To DeathPosted: March 9, 2011 by rhodesdavis
In all toil there is profit, but mere talk tends only to poverty. Proverbs 14:23
“In all toil (labor) there is profit”
Diligent work always leads to some result or profit of benefit to the worker. Most work is neither easy nor fun but it does pay the bills and provides money for doing good and having fun. Even if you have a job you enjoy, there will be unpleasant duties. People who love to garden still must get dirty, sweaty, and dig through the soil if they want to have the flowers or produce of the garden.
“Mere talk leads to poverty”
In contrast to diligent labor, talk without action leads to poverty. Idle talking does not pay and has gotten some people fired. Grandiose plans and slick presentations may impress others but it does not pay one cent if no labor is expended to make the dream a reality.
The first obvious application—indeed the natural application—of this verse is to the business world. In the early days of personal computers —before the average person could access the Internet—a man I knew had great plans to work with realtors to put pictures of houses for sale on videodisc (pre-DVD) with sale information for agents and customers. He had a prototype system, good marketing plan, and enthusiastic presentation. He talked with people in the office about his plans and the unlimited potential for profits. One problem: he did not have customers or profit from the work because he did not get out and talk to the customers who needed the system. In short, he planned and talked his way to poverty while other people, through hard work, were able to profit from similar ideas.
The world is made up of poor creative geniuses and rich people of average intelligence. The difference is not what they know but by what they do.
This principle is especially important for spiritual growth. Is your spiritual life the product of hard work or mere talk?
Some people talk about “getting their life right” or “straightening up” but still hang out with ungodly friends, feed their minds with filth, and do not change. Some say they want to pray or study more—and do so year after year. Some talk about doing more things with their brethren, helping the sick or needy, or getting involved with some work in the church but do not act.
Some people realize their life is displeasing to God, is yielding undesirable consequences, and is unsatisfying so they change their behavior. Some want a closer relationship with God and execute a plan to study and pray more frequently. Some take action to involve themselves with their brethren so they can have richer and deeper fellowship with other Christians.
If you want to have a rich and meaninful spiritual life, you’ll have to work for it.
- Romans 13:11-14 – Awake and get busy
- Thessalonians 5:4-8 – get busy with good things
- Ephesians 5:14-17 – wake up and make good use of your time
“He who works his land will have abundant food, but the one who chases fantasies will have his fill of poverty.” Proverbs 28:19 (NIV)
“The road to hell is paved with good intentions.” How sad it will be for those who dreamed of a close relationship with God and their brethren, a close loving family, and a meaningful life’s work to fail because they only dreamed and did not act.