I have to admit that unity among brothers and sisters in Christ has only been a concern of mine for the last few years. Before that, I was only concerned with unity among those who are members of a local church. The two concerns are not the same… not the same at all.
So, why don’t we join Jonathan in praying as Jesus prayed:
I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me. Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory that you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world. O righteous Father, even though the world does not know you, I know you, and these know that you have sent me. I made known to them your name, and I will continue to make it known, that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them. (John 17:20-26 ESV)
While we’re praying, why not ask God to bring a brother or sister into our lives from a different local church, a different denomination, a different theological tradition, so that we can demonstrate our unity in Jesus Christ in spite of our differences?