It takes work to grow in oneness. On a torn envelope, Sarah finds the following note left on the kitchen table one morning: "Sarah, I know you said you would like to spend time with me. I agree that we've really grown apart lately. I think we need to spend more time together, and I know you were looking forward to relaxing for a couple of evenings. Well, you get your wish. The boss called and said I have to work tonight.
"By the way, would you mind ironing my golf shorts when you get home? I have a tournament tomorrow. Oh, before I forget, tomorrow night the guys are coming over to watch the game. You don't mind, do you? And something else — I'm leaving on business to San Diego Monday. I'll be gone the rest of the week."
If Sarah is like most wives, she's thinking, How in the world does this goofball think we're going to get close if he's always gone or having someone over?
She's right; healthy relationships don't just evolve, they're nurtured.
Suppose Jesus had taken the attitude that closeness would "just happen" with his disciples. "Okay," He might say. "I have called you guys to be apostles. You have left everything to follow Me. But I have a lot of stress on Me; I have to save the world! So My 'alone time' is very important. Your job is to take the Gospel to the whole world, but I really think you can handle this without Me. I'll spend Saturdays with you, but the rest of the time you're on your own."
Is that how Jesus became "one" with His disciples? No. He understood the value of spending time with them, talking, teaching, dining, and experiencing happy and challenging moments together. There were times when Jesus needed to be alone, but He understood the value of being with His followers, too. In the end, He gave His life for them and they gave theirs for Him — the ultimate testimony of oneness.
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