I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. Jesus, John 17:20-21.
I love sports and of course it goes without saying that I love watching ESPN, the sports news network that recaps the days sports news and highlights.Yesterday, one of my favorite ESPN hosts, Stuart Scott, died of cancer. He had an amazing ability to craft words and culture and bring a little extra life into a short sports clip. I will miss hearing his catch phrases that became a staple in the show. He was an incredible fighter, who made an impact on many in his battle with cancer and he will be missed by many. My heart hurts for his kids and my prayers are for them to be comforted by our God of Comfort. But, I was amazed to watch the tributes as the sports world literally stopped to pay homage to Stuart yesterday. It didn’t matter if it was the NFL, NBA or if they were competing networks or shows, everyone stopped and rallied for a moment yesterday to remember their friend, a father, a man who left an impact on many. Death tends to do that to us. Its a magnifying glass for what is really important. None of the pettiness or competition seems to matter when someone dies. They rally around that one that had an incredible impact on them and for a moment become one.
Jesus is praying in the garden and showing us how much He cares about us being united as Christians. He knows that soon He will be beaten, scourged,mocked, spit upon and crucified, but His prayer request is for all who will believe in Him to be united as One as He and the Father are one. He knew that His death would pay the price for our sins and His resurrection would remind us of His victory over death and give us the promise of eternal life. But His death should also cause us all to be united, to rally together, that we should be one as Christians. By Grace, through faith, we are forgiven and saved so the unforgiveness, pettiness, gossip, slander, backbiting, hatred, mean spirited comments, selfishness along with other things that can exist amongst us brothers and sisters in Christ should fade away in the light of the greatness of His death and sacrifice for us. We should be as One so that our example would cause people to stop and believe that The Father sent Jesus. Jesus said that they will know we are His disciples by our love for one another. That love will cause us to be One and becomes part of our witness as we remain united because of Him. When they see us as Christians getting along not just for a moment, but for a lifetime, it will draw men to Jesus. The sports world lost a great friend and colleague yesterday so they came together and stopped, as one, to honor Stuart Scott. We, as christians, have an even greater reason to be united. Jesus’ death paid the ultimate price for all our sins and should be that magnifying glass for us to see what is really important. All of those petty sins listed above have the potential to divide us as a body. In light of Jesus’ sacrifice and His eternal impact on us, let’s put all of those sins aside and be as One as our Savior wanted.