“I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one” John 17:22
Sometimes we might feel alone or apart from everything else. However that is not where God wants us. We are an important part of something much greater.
If we are redeemed souls, set apart by the blood of Christ, then we are members of a body of Christians that crosses the globe and history all at once. We become part of a greater mission. Jesus declared that mission in His final statement “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” (Mark 16:15) We fulfill this mission both individually, with all the actions we take in our private lives, speaking to others, praying, giving good testimony, and we fulfill this mission as the body of Christ, the church.
By being a part of a church we help to fulfill the great commission. Paul explains it best in Ephesians 4.16 “From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.” We are each a part of the body doing the work we have been called to do. When we do it in perfect unity great things happen. Christ prayed for that unity as one of his last acts of his earthly ministry. In this prayer he says “ 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: 22, 23)
Paul also explains that we have received gifts. (Ephesians 4:7) Jesus also alludes to this in the parable of the talents (Matthew 25:14-30). Therefore each of us has been given certain abilities that need to be exercised within the church, for the good of God’s great commission, to preach the gospel, be a light in the darkness, and to be an expression of Christ love to a suffering humanity.
We were never meant to be solitary creatures. Together we become essential to the mission of Christ on earth, to save a world dying in sin, sickness, poverty and violence.