How I wish that Molly and I could be truly one…especially on our daily walks! She wants to go her way and do her thing but I’m supposed to be the pack leader. A great part of our walking consists of me pulling her as though she were a trailer with brakes on because she is following scents. When she finds an interesting one which she must investigate, all four of her short little legs dig in and we come to an abrupt stop while she thoroughly checks out the scent. Sometimes, she walks quietly beside me, and at other times, she pulls me as though we were drag racing if there is something interesting ahead.… and I mean “drag” in the true sense of the word.

Of course, I realise that Molly and I have different natures. She is a hunting dog and she was programmed by God-given instinct to investigate, interpret and follow scents. She experiences her world though her senses at ground level. She is also naturally inquisitive and stubborn which makes training somewhat of a challenge. What she learns, she learns well, especially how to train me!

While Molly is programmed by instinct, I have been given the freedom to make choices and decisions which are determined by my world view and the values I embraced as I grew up in my world. I was born with the freedom to choose, but my choices were limited by my sinful nature which the Bible describes as “dead in trespasses and sins”. It was only when I responded to the call of the Holy Spirit to recognise and acknowledge Jesus as the Son of God and to confess Him as Lord that my dead spirit was made alive. From that moment, I was set free from the guilt and power of sin. I could choose to follow Jesus or to follow my fleshly desires. The more I chose to follow Jesus, the less attractive the world and what it has to offer has become.

Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father but are from this world. And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever. (1 John 2:15-17 – NLT)  

Just as it was Jesus’ passion, as the Son of God in human flesh, to guard the unity He had with the Father regardless of the cost, so it is becoming my desire to be one with God by choosing to submit to His will rather than insisting on my own.

On my long journey with Jesus of 63 years, I have become more and more aware that union with God is His highest and supreme goal for His children. He is training us, through our lives of ups and downs while we are on this earth, to become like His Son, trusting His love in the bad times and living by the truth of His Word at all times.

My desire for myself, as it is for all God’s children, is that we would become the answer to Jesus’ prayer in John 17:21 (NLT).

I pray that they will all be one, just as you and I are one – as you are in me, Father, and I am in you. And may they be in us so that the world will believe you sent me.

As much as I desire it, Molly and I will never be one because we belong to different species, but, on the other hand, oneness with God, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are infinitely possible because Jesus was made like us so that we can become like Him.

God, for whom and through whom everything was made, chose to bring many children into glory. And it was only right that He should make Jesus, through His suffering, a perfect leader, fit to bring them into their salvation. So now Jesus and the ones He makes holy have the same Father. That is why Jesus is not ashamed to call them His brothers and sisters. (Heb.2:10-11 – NLT)

Luella Campbell

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