“I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will[e] 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. (John 17)
Conversation in Heaven:
John Calvin: My misguided efforts to “Reform” the faith cost as many as six million lives. That’s only if I count the 80 years war and the French Wars of Religion.
Martin Luther to John Calvin: Nailing 95 thesis to the Wittenburg door was the greatest mistake in modern history. It resulted in millions of deaths during the 30-year wars.
When John Piper told his followers Catholics were heretics or when John MacArthur writes books about the strange fire of the Charismatics when compared to the destruction Calvin and Luther created, the Christian Church is entering into the golden age of unity.
When you look at Church History, to say there is a “wideness in God’s mercy” is an understatement.
Think of all of the good the children of the reformation have done? Even the United States birthed in a spirit of rebellion becomes the greatest purveyor of good deeds in history.
Becoming One isn’t about giving up the truth but in giving up your life for Christ.
If you are interested in loving God’s world, think about God’s way. He gave up Himself, set aside His divine rights and took up His cross. Jesus asks us to do the very same thing.
It begins with the art of kneeling.
Kneeling is uniquely Judeo-Christian. The word for kneeling occurs more than 50 times in the New Testament. When Joshua experiences the God of Moses, he kneels.
Christians believe in the power of posture.
Paul predicts every knee will bow at the name of Jesus. So does Isaiah. The power of Jesus name changes everyone into a confessing servant. It’s time we learn the sacred art of kneeling.
Unfortunately, when I go to Church, it’s like I am on equal terms with God. I stand around looking for someone to talk. I sit down grab a program and listen to the band. We stand and listen to some funky music, hear a motivational talk, give if we want and then walk out and leave.
When Muslims pray, they make sure their space is sacred clean, and they kneel on their prayer rug. When Catholics pray, they have to kneel. When they encounter the Sacred Host, they kneel. They cross themselves repeatedly throughout the sacred space.
Three ways to get ready for the BIG kneel:
1) Practice Makes Perfect.
When you pray in the evening, kneel. When you go to Church and pray, kneel. On Good Friday, we lay prostrate as if to say, “Only God can set things right.”
2) Imagine When Everyone Kneels.
Can you imagine 100 billion people bending the knee and confessing the truth of Christ?
3) Pray for Boldness. Remember Tim Tebow? Tebowing became a household word. (verb) to get down on a knee and start praying, even if everyone else around you is doing something completely different.