What Jesus Did! 'The Power of One' — John 17:22-23

Wednesday, November 2, 2022

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[Jesus continued his prayer:] "I have given [my disciples] the glory you gave me, so they may be one as we are one. I am in them and you are in me. May they experience such perfect unity that the world will know that you sent me and that you love them as much as you love me."
— John 17:22-23 NLT

Key Thought

The world is divided. Unity simply is not found on a grand scale in our fractured, divided, and segmented world. We divide based on race, politics, country, culture, social rank, opinions, religion, and other things. Only when people come together across the boundaries that normally divide them do others begin to take notice. Our perfection, our unity, our becoming one, is found in Christ. Only in him do we find the barriers brought down and all of us made into one family. Only in him does overcoming the things that normally divide us become a witness to God's powerful love. Jesus came to reconcile and reunite. So let's live and love as one, one with Jesus and one with each other.

Today's Prayer

Today, dear Father, I pray again that you make your people one in Spirit and purpose, in love for each other and commitment to you, and in service. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Galatians 3:26-28
  • Ephesians 2:14-18
  • Revelation 7:9-10

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Illustration of John 17:22-23 NLT — "I have given [my disciples] the glory you gave me, so they may be one as we are one."

About This Devotional

What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware and is available in book form.

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