“ I pray that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.” John 17:21 (NIV)
That’s what I want. To be one with the Father just like Jesus was! To have the mind, motivation, certainty and union with the Father that His Son had, while on this earth, should be the ultimate motivating hope and goal of any disciple of Jesus. Is there anything more to want in existence?! Is there anything to compare? Having attained a few goals in my life , in an attempt to fill the hole in my soul, I know that nothing satisfies me like the presence of His indwelling. No wonder Jesus cried out on the cross, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Because at that moment, when the accumulation of all the sin of humanity fell upon Jesus as He died for all mankind, the Father turned away and could not look upon His Son—-the “suffering servant”—who was now carrying every impure, distorted, bent and unspeakable sin upon Him.
Jesus had this “oneness” with God, while He walked on this earth, and it made Him a marvel to see, hear and be with. People who were around Him were astounded! (“No man spoke like this man spoke”). That oneness not only gave Him power, but also a peace, serenity, assurance and unshakable confidence. He knew whose He was and where He was going!
This is what Jesus was talking about when He told us to: “ Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. (Mathew 11:28-30, NIV). Well of course the load’s going to be light when you are one with God—-as He was! That’s the secret——and the challenge. Will I be one with the Father? Do I trust that He wants to give me the desires of my heart? Do I believe that He has plans to bless me?
He wants to bless you, me and our nation—-I am sure of that. But are we willing to be one with Him? Can we cast our cares at His feet and trust Him to sort things out? Is He Lord—-or not?