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June 21, 2019

Being "one": Honoring God

Filed under Sabbath Thoughts

Are we in the church "one" as Jesus and His heavenly Father are? Jesus Christ set us an example of being "one" and showed us how we can be "one" with another and work well with others as He and His Father did — and do.

What did Jesus show us? We have His perfect of honoring God and giving Him the credit. Jesus knew who was the boss! "My Father is greater than I" (John 14:28).

Jesus honored His Father with great respect and did all things to please Him. "As My Father has taught Me, I speak these things. He that sent Me is with Me: The Father has not left Me alone; for I do always those things that please Him" (John 8:26-29). He recognized and stated that "I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father who sent me" (John 5:30).

Jesus said in another place, "The works that I do in My Fathers Name, they bear witness of Me" (John 10:25).

Jesus constantly made statements accenting his Father’s position. "As the living Father has sent me, and I live by the Father" (John 6:57). "No man can come unto Me, except it were given unto him of My Father" (verse 65). "My doctrine is not mine, but His that sent Me" (John 7:16). Jesus said: "Holy Father, keep through your own name those whom You have given Me, that they may be one, as We are" (John 17:11).

What are the implications in terms of unity in the church if we all — every one for himself — honor God and acknowledge him in all things?
That kind of behavior unites!

How well do we follow Jesus’ example by constantly honoring our heavenly Father and giving him the credit?

With these thoughts I wish us all a rewarding Sabbath!

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