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That They May Be One – Tuesday, May 15th, 2007

“The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one.”
John 17:22

The message I spoke last night was from the heart. The words had been welling up within me for quite some time. However, the problem was, I already had a message prepared. Of course, the typical thing to do was to give the message. A message that I had prepared for. And to be honest, before I even walked up on the stage, I felt I should scrap the message. Thankfully, I did half-way through the talk. I was able to be myself. It was time to be real with others. I pushed the podium aside. Set my notes to the side, and shared what I believed the body of Christ needed to hear for that moment. I continued to emphasize the word GLORY, but it took a different twist than I was planning.

The emphasis was that the body of Christ INSIDE THE TENT was becoming ONE. We didn’t care what denomination others were from. We didn’t care what theological differences others held. The reality was, on day 36, I believed we were present as ONE BODY focusing on our Lord Jesus Christ. And that in of itself (to have the tent full) compiling of individuals from various backgrounds and worship styles was a MIRACLE. Unity within the body of Christ just doesn’t happen in the 21st Century. Not with everyone’s agendas. Not with everyone’s personal opinions. But last night my friends, INSIDE THE TENT, we came together. It was a beautiful picture.

And this UNITY was exactly what Jesus spoke of when He said in His High Priestly Prayer found in John 17:22, ““The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one.” In this situation, glory is the “revelation of Jesus Christ through His disciples” and “is the means to unity.” Amen.

One commentator wrote, “Such unity begins with belief and correct thinking about Jesus and God the Father, that is, with doctrine. But correct belief must bear fruit – a life that demonstrates God’s love and produces the unity between all the believers.” I will be honest, I am not sure what direction the Lord is taking the Church of Dallas. But I do know that we must be open to His guidance and direction as the body of Christ. We must live out our faith in Jesus. For just as the disciples saw Christ’s glory in His word and works, we too must recognize as ONE, all that He has done for us in and throughout this 40-day tent revival. It is time to let the glory of God shine brightly through the UNIFIED body of Christ here in Dallas.
- klm
" We cannot organize revival, but we can set our sails to catch the wind from Heaven when God chooses to blow upon His people once again."

- G. Campbell Morgan