Make us ONE

Ezekiel 37:15-23

Again the word of the LORD came to me, saying, 16 “As for you, son of man, take a stick for yourself and write on it: ‘For Judah and for the children of Israel, his companions.’ Then take another stick and write on it, ‘For Joseph, the stick of Ephraim, and for all the house of Israel, his companions.’ 17 Then join them one to another for yourself into one stick, and they will become one in your hand.

18 “And when the children of your people speak to you, saying, ‘Will you not show us what you mean by these?’— 19 say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “Surely I will take the stick of Joseph, which is in the hand of Ephraim, and the tribes of Israel, his companions; and I will join them with it, with the stick of Judah, and make them one stick, and they will be one in My hand.” ’ 20 And the sticks on which you write will be in your hand before their eyes.

21 “Then say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “Surely I will take the children of Israel from among the nations, wherever they have gone, and will gather them from every side and bring them into their own land; 22 and I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king over them all; they shall no longer be two nations, nor shall they ever be divided into two kingdoms again. 23 They shall not defile themselves anymore with their idols, nor with their detestable things, nor with any of their transgressions; but I will deliver them from all their dwelling places in which they have sinned, and will cleanse them. Then they shall be My people, and I will be their God.

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Unity, and not just for the sake of being ONE;  unity in God by His direction.

“… and they will be one in My hand.” ’…”

Restoration is promised and with it comes unification.

“… will gather them from every side and bring them into their own land;…”

We too, have become a nation divided. As we see here, God is not pleased with division; He brings unification under His direction.  Jesus spoke often of unity, of being one with the father and of us, His believers and followers, also being in unity.

“…John 17:22  – And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:…”

Let us take note of this priority set by the Father, to be in unity .  We become one in Christ and Jesus said they will know us by our love.

“…John 17:23  “I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me….”

John 13:35 – “By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”…”

Unity implies love, a love relationship, if it is to stand strong.  Not a unity imposed by one group upon another, but a unity that evolves out of love of God.  Let us be ‘one in the spirit.’

taken from:  Rescue Me

Click on the picture to worship:  They’ll know we are Christians by our love  by Jar of Clay

Lyrics:

They Will Know We Are Christians By Our Love lyrics

We are one in the Spirit

We are one in the Lord

We are one in the Spirit

We are one in the Lord

And we pray that all unity

May one day be restored

And they’ll know we are Christians

By our love, By our love

Yes, they’ll know we are Christians

By our love

We will walk with each other

We will walk hand in hand

We will walk with each other

We will walk hand in hand

And together we’ll spread the news

That God is in our land

We will work with each other

We will work side by side

We will work with each other

We will work side by side

And we’ll guard each man’s dignity

And save each man’s pride

All praise to the Father

From whom all things come

And all praise to Christ Jesus His only son

And all praise to the Spirit

Who makes us one

Make us one, Lord!

Make us one, Lord!

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