Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye
MEMORIZE: “That they all be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.” (John 17:21).
READ: John 17:20-23
In John 10:30, Jesus says, “I and the Father are one”. This, contrary to what some teach, does not mean that they are one in number, because 1 John 5:7 says they are three: “For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one”. Both scriptures therefore speak of oneness in terms of unity. This is a lesson for us today. If there were any individuals who could do all things all by themselves, it is the members of the Godhead. God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit are individually self-sufficient enough to work independently. Philippians 2:5-6 says when Jesus Christ existed as God the Son, He was co-equal with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit. Each could have decided to go His own way and have His own creations and universes, operating alone. Yet, despite all their powers and individuality, they decided to work together as one. Looking at the Godhead, you will find the unity and cooperation inherent simply incomparable.
God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit work together as team players. Each steps down for the other. For instance, God the Son took the form of a man and waited on God the Father’s instructions every step of the way. He also could not do anything without the backing of the Holy Spirit. Each of them shared out a period in which they would rule, and agreed that they later will jointly rule as God in all eternity. If the Godhead can be so united, being so powerful, why are we finding it difficult to be united, or to work together as a team? Unity and team work are hallmarks of humility. If you find it difficult to work with others, it is because you are proud. If you always want to go it alone, you have a haughty spirit. Even in the heavenly planet today, there is so much of team-play going on. God is interested in team-players, not individual stars. True leaders, like the Godhead, will have no problem working with others. It is because God wants to encourage team-spirit, that is why He distributed His gifts in such a way that the hands will need the eyes, and the eyes will need the legs. You are not self-sufficient! You need others.
Thank God for what He has invested in others. Ask God for the grace to see what others have and work with them to achieve God-glorifying Kingdom and secular goals.
Bible in One year: Psa. 64:66