Each one pursues his own work in God’s name and believes this is what God is up to and is passionately burdened with right now. Belief in God has imploded into people believing in themselves. What is absent in this journey of faith? Is it the lack of hearing and discerning God, or is it disobedience, living and acting according to convenience, or simply the lack of knowledge of the truth, the inability to let go of tradition or the fear of the new?
If Jesus says, “I will build my church”, why then are we so busy building His church? If Church is the body of Christ, which is formed by every one voluntarily binding him/herself to Jesus and to each other, why then is there much disunity, malfunction, retarded developments and cocooned factions in the body of Christ? This doesn’t give the picture of the spotless bride that Jesus wants to marry and live happily ever after. How difficult are we yet going to make it for Jesus to build his Church? When will we resign from the job that is not originally ours and give it over to the right person Jesus who really really longs and waits with passion to build His Church. Any way it is his body; will we at all let him take care of his own body? If anyone messes around with another’s body, it is called violence and rape. We have not only made Jesus unemployed but we also forcefully plunder him.
And we do all these firmly believing that it is God’s will. What ignorance has overtaken us! So we work and work even harder and we run and run until we hit the brick wall and are not willing to learn the lesson. We will not resign and give the job over to the one who is rightly and truly authorized for the job.
Basically, we don’t want to trust Jesus with his job. We know better how to build churches. Therefore we sacrifice everything, even the job that is assigned for us: to be in unity with the Father and his son Jesus, SO THAT the world may believe in the one that was sent. “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.” “May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me”. Here, Jesus, gives an important and valid tip on how to let the whole world know about him. Global evangelisation demands the lifestyle of unity of Jesus’ body. He also gave the most helpful tip on how to unite, to become one like he is with his Father: “All I have is yours and all you have is mine”. When the churches and mission organizations around the globe could honestly say this to each other and mean it then we can experience Psalm 133; his blessing and his life.
So far the world has recognized Jesus as a swear word but not yet as the Word, the sent one who deeply loves them. Why? What are we reflecting on this world? Disunity, despair, jealousy, competition, factions and divisions, selfishness, and the list can go on. Jesus even prays to his father about the glory that he has given to his believers, which his father had given him, so that we believers are one just like he and his father are one. Whatever happened to this glory that he is talking about! Where did we loose this glory? Why no one gives even a little consideration to look for it that which we have lost? Is this glory the main component that keeps us as one? Have we lost it or forgotten it? Do we at all care for it or do we ignore it because we want to build OUR churches?
Jesus is longing for you and me to resign and retire so that he can take his rightful place as the architect and master-builder and do what he knows best to do, build his Church. The one through whom the whole universe came into existence is absolutely able to create his own Bride. Jesus has been lonely for a long time now, let’s unite so he can celebrate the most exciting day of his life: his wedding.
Let’s employ Jesus again and allow him to build his Church and let’s indulge ourselves to unite until the Body of Jesus becomes ONE. As we unite to oneness Jesus will be easily able to build his Church. If we could earnestly say to the other part of our body: “all I have is yours and all you have is mine”, then we know we are one. Then we are dressed worthy for the wedding banquet.