Pain finds me with surprising regularity. And with unrelenting bombardment, strategic darts of the enemy seek to pierce my heart. There does not exist a day where past and current challenges don’t work to steal my ability to be at peace with myself and others. Is this not so for all of us? Would you not agree that a mission exists in the atmosphere to callous our hearts through the pain of unfilled expectations and even betrayal?
This is spiritual warfare—the hardening of our hearts! The powers in the spiritual realm know the agenda of God, and they would do everything to undermine it. We are their focus of attack. They know that we’re the ones God has entrusted with the light of His love through our unity with one another. Their agenda is simple: to have you hurt and calloused so no one sees the true light.
With that insight, consider how passionate Jesus was to defeat this strategic work of the enemy. In His penultimate prayer, prior to the cross, Jesus prays a poignant and yet simple prayer: “…may they all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they may also be in us, so that the world may believe you have sent me.” (John 17:21, ESV) As Jesus spoke these final words in the last hours of His life, He prophetically revealed where our work should focus in the Church. His ultimate hope-filled desire was that you and I would find victory through our unity.
My challenge to you is simple. Believe not only for your story, nor your own dreams, but foster what is great in our common mission to fulfill heaven’s dreams. By doing so, we become the fulfillment of Jesus’ final prayer, and the building of the Church He described that would destroy ALL the works of the enemy.