Yesterday we had Sunday School for youth at our church. The discussion was loosely based on the Lectionary. We discussed two passages in particular, one was Jesus’ prayer in John 17, where He says, “I pray that they (the disciples) may all be one. As I am one with You Father, and You are one with Me, they may be one with Us, that the world may know that You sent me.” The other passage was Psalm 1, verses 1-3, where David says, “Blessed is the one who does not walk in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stand in the way of sinners, nor sit in the seat of the scornful; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His Law does he meditate both day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper.”
We talked a little about what it means to “be one” with God. About how if we trust God, His own Spirit comes to live in our own hearts, and in a real sense, we are all one with Jesus and God because we all share the same Spirit. We even talked a little about how when Jesus’ Spirit comes to live in our hearts, we have a change of the way we look at things, the way we feel about things, so that we are better able to DO what we’re supposed to in a spiritual sense and in a natural sense as well, because God is supernaturally moving in our hearts and our lives.
Yesterday, for the first time, we were visited by a young man named Caleb, he’s a college student who has been hired as an intern to work with the youth this summer at our church. He’s from this area, and his father is a pastor. As it turns out, I had never met him before that class. I didn’t know why, but God said I should call on him to find out how he experiences this ‘being one’ with God through Jesus’ Spirit, and I’m not kidding, he said pretty much the following:
“Sometime when I was in high school, I was not paying any attention to God at all. I was doing my own thing, and having a lot of trouble in school and in my personal life. One day my mom sent me an Email. It had several Bible verses in it, and for some unknown reason I started reading them and thinking about them; and it seemed like I just started to see things differently. I started praying and thinking about God regularly, and my whole life started to change. Now I’m completely different about what I think, how I act, what I think is important.”
A total change in his attitude. What a testimony! It’s like that verse in Philippians 2:5, where it says, “Let this attitude be in you that was in Jesus.” Whoa! I just couldn’t possibly have made that point for those kids in that class as well as Caleb made it. Had to be God. We were all actually present to experience that miracle of God, before our very eyes.