DayBreaks for 08/15/11 – The Key to Winning the World
NOTE: I feel as if some of my DayBreaks recently have veered a bit off target by not delving enough into Scripture. While I’ll still do stories about things in the news, etc., that are instructive, I will do more that are based solely on Scripture and Bible study that I’ve been doing. Thanks for listening…and reading!!!! – Galen
Wouldn’t it be great to know the secret to winning the world for Christ? How many things have been tried by the church throughout the history since the times of Christ? Churches are great on programs. It seems to be one of the things that the church does best…”Let’s start another program!” But programs are not the key to winning the world for Christ. Programs can be good, but they can also become the reason for existence of a given congregation, rather than to serve and glorify Christ.
I think that Jesus has given us the key to winning the world. He gave it to his disciples just before his betrayal in the garden. He gave it to them as part of a prayer to the Father. Here’s what he had to say: I pray for these followers, but I am also praying for all those who will believe in me because of their teaching. Father, I pray that they can be one. As you are in me and I am in you, I pray that they can also be one in us. Then the world will believe that you sent me. (Jn. 17:20)
Do you see it? Unity is the key. Jesus said that if we are one, as he and the Father are One, then the world will believe that the Father sent Jesus. In other words, if we are united with each other, then the world would know that Jesus is from the Father. That doesn’t mean that everyone would become believers, just that people wouldn’t be able to deny His Sonship. And that’s a great first step to winning the world.
Unity – not agreement, not uniformity of opinion or even doctrine, not negotiation, arbitration…but acceptance of one another with all our foibles and disagreements and diverse opinions, not because everyone is right, but because we have been accepted by the Perfect One even with our imperfections.
Unity finds its basis in grace. It is only as we understand how much grace God has extended to us that we can extend it to others in our fellowship. And when we do, the world will believe Christ came from the Father. Sadly, the converse is also true: to the extent that we don’t have unity, the world will not believe there is anything special about Jesus – in fact, they’ll not be able to see He came from the Father at all. All they’ll be able to see is a group of squabbling people.
PRAYER: Forgive us, Jesus, for all that we let divide us that causes the world to think you are nothing but a Jewish rabbi – and nothing more! Help us grasp even a portion of the grace you’ve extended to us by accepting us, so that we can in turn extend it to others. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2011 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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