"When people out of diverse backgrounds come to complete unity of heart, purpose, and focus, God is unveiled in a way nothing else can accomplish.
Of course this is the Father's to do. It would be impossible for humanity to produce anything close to it, which is why Jesus asks his Father to give it, not his disciples to work on it."
My current journey — just listening, following, trusting — no longer “doing,” except in response to his nudges. I’ve dropped the list of “things a good Christian does.” I’ve quit looking for … I don’t know … whatever it was that I used to “expect to find” in a Christian community. He’s been able to work in that freedom and reveal Himself in ways that I can recognize Him in community that I never could while I still held expectations.
I’ve seen glimpses here and there of that unity of heart, and it often seems to flow out of those that are whole-heartedly in love with the Father, and who love Him more than they love themselves or their pre-conceived ideas of who He is or what He expects. Or maybe in those who are genuinely seeking Him. It’s beautiful. He’s so present in those moments.
I can remember having had thoughts like "Ugh … I sure don’t want to be “one” in Him with these people! I don’t like talking with them for three minutes put together, let alone having to spend eternity with them! (Just being real, folks!) But in those “unity” moments, with people who love Him and know, or are coming to know Him, I can totally see it. I “get” glimpses of that Bride of Christ and it’s not repulsive. I don’t dread it. I look forward to it. And it’s been so rare here, this side of eternity so far. No wonder people often leave “church” (IC) and other manufactured religious experiences empty and frustrated. We’re trying to orchestrate the Spirit -
or a spiritual experience, or … something… There’s nothing like that unity and we just can’t manufacture it ourselves no matter what we try.