That all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. (John 17:21)

PERSPECTIVE DISTINGUISHES the optimist from the pessimist. An optimist sees a glass as half full, while the pessimist pronounces it half empty. Optimists always believe there’s hope regardless of how bleak the circumstances appear, while pessimists imagine doom and gloom for themselves and the world. Perspective also has a bearing on one’s physical, emotional, and spiritual health. Optimists often endure surgeries better and heal faster because they long to live.

Jesus knew a correct perspective was vital if His kingdom was to flourish worldwide, and the right perspective involved unity among believers. He hadn’t encountered denominations or church splits, but He was well aware of the human tendency to divide. How unfortunate that the key unlocking our success is often used to lock us away from each other and from those who desperately need to hear about God’s love.

Believers are called to put feet on Jesus’ prayer. We may disagree on nonessentials, but we readily agree on the essential of faith in Christ as the only means to discover forgiveness for our sins and enter a relationship with our heavenly Father. Jesus wanted His message to travel further than He ever did. As we are convinced of the urgency of His commission, we will put one foot in front of the other.

Adopt a perspective that will help you fulfill Jesus’ prayer.

Martin W. Wiles is a preacher’s kid and author who understands believers’ struggles. He resides in Hodges, South Carolina.