Tuesday, May 5, 2009

All for ONE

There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. (Galatians 3:28)

Words cannot express the amazing week I've enjoyed with a diverse number of people. I've prayed over lunch with two precious sisters in Christ who attend an African American church in the city. I've shared time and encouragement with dear fellow members of the bleeding disorders community, both young and old. I've rubbed elbows with state lawmakers and persons of influence at our state capitol. I've listened to and learned with the disabled and their families from every corner of the state. I had the distinct honor of praying and worshiping with a city congregation lead by two pastors from Kenya. I've heard the stories of a missionary home on furlough from India, offering him prayer and monetary support. And I've dined with a couple who minister to AIDS-ravaged Swaziland, chatting about how we can partner in our service of hope.

You know, in this era we talk a good talk about "tolerance", "inclusion" and unity. But our actual living-out of that belief falls way too short. If only we could all live with that peek of heaven that I had the privilege of seeing this past week, where every nation, tongue and tribe, every physical and cognitive ability unite in love for our Savior and for one another! After all, we are going to spend eternity together, so the divisions within the Body serve only to corrode our hearts.

Today, thank God that Jesus is no respecter of persons! Thank the Lord that He finds me just as worthy of loving as my son with hemophilia, or my friends in the inner city, or that family up in the middle of the north woods, or those living and serving in Africa or India! May we each be imitators of Him until that day when "at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." (Philippians 2:9-11)

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