In this day in which we are living, the general mindset of most people is "every man for himself", "I deserve that" or "me first". Despite the necessity of the internet and its original goal of connecting people, social media has seemed to pull people away from connecting in real life.
Face to face interactions is what brings people together and forms lasting bonds.
The number one thing God is looking for before He sends Jesus back to this earth to call all believers home is UNITY. The definition of unity is "oneness, harmony, the state of being made one." Sometimes it seems Christians more than anybody else need to work on harmony. We need to put aside our doctrinal differences and tradition and focus on the number one commandment Jesus gave... Love one another.
In John 17, Jesus prayed his last prayer before going to the cross. It was actually on this day (Thursday) over 2000 years ago. As I spent time reading this chapter this morning and reflecting on what Jesus must have been thinking and going through, I found that he was praying for me!
He wasn't just praying for his disciples or those believers living in his day. John 17:20 says, "I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me through their words." In this last prayer, Jesus prayed that believers would be unified. That they would become one as Jesus was one with the Father.
When believers are walking in unity and not strife, the world will see Jesus and believe. (vs. 21) 1 John 3:2 says when Jesus appears again on this earth, we will be like him. The more time we spend in God's word, the more we look like Jesus as we are changed into His image from glory to glory. (2 Corinthians 3:18)
Ephesians 3:17 were the last few words of Jesus' prayer that day. That the Fathers' love would flood our beings. That Christ may dwell in our hearts by faith... The more our Father's love fills us, the more we are able to love others unconditionally resulting in unity.
So lets put aside our differences and focus on loving like Jesus did. The end of this age will then quickly come to a close as we become the unified body of Christ Ephesians 1:18 talks about.