Yesterday, something wonderful happened, we had a guest join our Sunday morning small group; a guest who was thousands of miles away in a different country with a different accent in a different culture.
This part made the day novel, not wonderful.
What made the occasion wonderful was that he almost immediately was accepted without condition because in every sense of the term he is “one of ours”; “one of us”. Now you must understand that our guest, paulfg, wasn’t accepted as “one of ours” because we all agree on everything all of the time, nor was it because we are all from the same background or denomination, nor do we have the same career or favorite team or anything like that… it is because we all love Jesus Christ and do our best to follow Him.
Yesterday, we saw and experienced the crucial reality that we really are all One in Christ.
I think I can safely say that this is a very big deal, for all too often this concept never quite makes the transition from abstract to real for most of us; it’s one thing to say it, and another thing to “get it”.
Yesterday, I think we all “got it”.
Why don’t we do more of this; what are we afraid of? I should think this is a lesson that would grab the attention of every preacher whatever they might be called in whatever denomination. I should think that this lesson would be a priority in any church group that cares about the Body of Christ; I should think this lesson would become a priority for any Christian.
Do you see it? We live in an amazing time in history, for we can connect easily with our brothers and sisters in Christ with nothing more than an internet connection, a computer and a free skype account, and with these tools our people, all of us, can easily come to see what God is doing in the Body of Christ everywhere… and not just in our little worlds.
This whole thing grew out of a few of us bloggers who began skyping about six months ago. As you know, we began two more skype groups a few weeks back made up of people who read this blog; you all were invited to join. Of course, there are practicalities involved like time zones, jobs and other commitments that get in the way, not to mention the ten or twenty bucks that you might need to spend if you don’t have a camera or a microphone for your computer. It could be that you would like to do something like this, but you just aren’t sure about doing it with a group from this blog… that’s fine. Each of you also has your own blog, so you can invite your own followers to begin a skype group; it only requires a post or two and a little bit of following up to get started; why not give it a try?
There’s nothing to lose, and a great deal to gain.
Or maybe you’d like to join us… You still can, just drop me a note…
Paul has also posted his reaction to yesterday, you can read it here. I hope you’ll have a look, and I hope you’ll give this some thought.