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...that they may all be one; even as You, Father, are one in Me and I in You, that they also may be one in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me...

  During Jesus' last moments teaching His disciples before He goes to the cross He is praying to the Father. His heart is established as to purpose and result...He asks the Father to make us all one, one in Him and one with each other. The only way unity can be achieved is by losing oneself in the purpose and plan of the Father. We, as Christians cannot generate a kind of oneness by agreeing on various doctrine, practice or procedure. That breeds 'denominationalism' and brings a greater seperation and division. The wholeness in Christ can be found only in Christ and as we lose ourselves in Him we experience His unity. Is Christ divided?...Of course not. He is the epitome of one whose will is lost in the will of another's, the Father's, and in so doing is perfect in unity. We strive to become one with God (religion) and with others who are somewhat on the same page as we are, sharing common interests and goals. We breed and bear fruit after our own kind in the guise of unity, yet, we are as seperated as one can be because of the varying agendas that are functioning behind the scenes and in the heart. "You have not learned Christ in this way". The realities of true Christianity can only be experienced by living your life, or rather losing your live, into the one and only Christian...Christ Jesus. There is only one Christian life and that is Christ. "We in Him" is Christianity. Everything else is counterfeit and excess weight. "Laying aside every weight...press on". Programs, titles, buildings, ministries...although quite pleasing to the eye and ear, are not what it's about. It's about Jesus and His agenda...yes, Jesus has an agenda and a purpose, and a planned way of accomplishing it. It is the many-membered 'Body of Christ' functioning in the Spirit to do the Father's will in worship as one loses himself in Jesus. It is the total dependence upon the power and provision of another in humility and lowliness of mind. It is only doing what one sees the Father doing and saying only what one hears the Father saying. No agenda, no mighty ministry to build...only Him. The question is...is He enough, or do we want more...our own little piece of the pie so to speak? The simplicity of Jesus is mind-boggling to those who are looking for formulas or procedures, much as a builder looking at a set of plans or a scientist trying to create something beneficial to society. We rely on our own understanding instead of utilizing the 'Mind of Christ'. Unity is not something that can be achieved...it can only be experienced...and that within Jesus. Being united with Him in His death we shall also be united with Him in His life...That is the basis of all true unity...that is the Christian life...

...Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God...

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