I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one — I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. – John 17:22-23 (NIV)
Do you have a Facebook account? Once you create an account, it won’t be long before you realize that there is an underlying competition to see how many friends one can accumulate on the site. Unfortunately, there are those who fail to use a filtration system when getting a friend request because their main focus is adding to their numbers.
At times we can become so focused on the number of friends we have, to the point that we gravitate toward the vast majority of acquaintances who simply tolerate us rather than building deep lasting relationships with those who celebrate us. Many people don’t recognize that there is a reason behind their desire for relationship. It is inbreed in the very fabric of our beings. It dates back to eternity past. God and Jesus were one thus we were created for oneness…oneness with the Father and the Son and oneness with each other.
The problem rest when we confuse God’s purpose for relationship. Relationships were not created for the sole purpose of our pleasure, but for God’s benefit. Relationships that we experience on this earth were designed to mimic the connection that the Father has with the Son. A major purpose for our connection with each other is so that our Christ-like interaction with others will be a witness to the world and draw them closer to Him.
Lord, help me to remember that relationships were not created as a status symbol to boost my ego but to be used as a testimony to the world about Your oneness with Your Son and oneness with Your children.