|Friday, October 15, 2021|
esus prayed a prayer for the church in John 17:21 - "That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me."
Share this powerful story with me of two men who graduated from Kent College of Law in Chicago in the same class. One of them was named Overton, & Overton was Valedictorian of the class.
So, in the graduation proceedings Overton was called up to receive his award as Valedictorian of the class. But before he received it, he made a request. He said, "I request that another of my classmates be called up here as well, & that he share the award with me."
The other man's name was Kasprisek and Kasprisek came forward to stand beside Overton. Instantly it became obvious why Overton wanted his friend next to him.
Overton was blind. He couldn't see and Kasprisek, while he could see, had no arms. He could not carry his books. On their first day as freshmen at Kent, Overton had found himself lost in the campus, & Kasprisek had come to his aid. Out of that meeting they had become friends & entered into an agreement.
Kasprisek said, "I'll be your eyes. I'll make sure you are able to find your way from class to class if you'll carry my books." So Overton became the arms of Kasprisek, and Kasprisek became the eyes of Overton. While both of their bodies were incomplete in and of themselves, together they became one.
They became fast friends, formed a law partnership and succeeded in the practice of law because each complemented the other and compensated for their handicaps.
This is what it means when the Bible says the church is the body of Christ. If I'm not seeing clearly, then don't stand back and criticize my ineptness to see. Become my eyes. If I have no arms to pick up my burdens, then don't 'cut off my head' because I'm weak. Come help me carry the burdens.
So let's unite in the great purpose of the church, namely, to make Jesus known in the world. Let all of our giving, singing, teaching, preaching and work be to that end and not about you and your exploits.
Let us make certain that we have thrown aside every prejudice, every difference and every jealousy and let us move forward as one body under the leadership of the Holy Spirit and thus be a radiant, glorious church.
God help us to be a loving church to have concern for souls to have a real unity and oneness among ourselves (rather than tear ourselves down) so that the world may believe. If we will do that, then one day we'll hear Him say, "Well done, thou good and faithful servant" God bless you big.