Friday, October 26, 2012

The Beauty of Believers

Our kids and young people at church started working on their Christmas dramas this month. They always present two different dramas at Christmastime. For the past few years, two of the teen girls have written scripts, one for the younger children and one for the older. The two directors do any necessary tweaking, editing, adapting, etc., depending on how many kiddos are taking part each year. I love to see the energy and dedication the writers put into the scripts as well as the actors/actresses into learning their parts and trying to do their best to communicate something of value.

Julia and Becca, thank you for the hours and hours of work you put into these! I hope you have a sense of at least a little bit of reward down here--you certainly must have a big one coming in the next world! What a blessing your efforts are to us and our children and those who come to see the dramas.

As I watched the kids pose for this picture last week and pondered the various families involved, the beauty of a body of believers stood out to me. We do not have a huge church, but we have several families who have joined together on purpose for a purpose, and I believe most, if not all are committed to that purpose wholeheartedly. Even in our relatively small congregation, there is a tapestry woven from a wide mélange of backgrounds and paradigms: housewives, loggers, teachers, lawyers, doctors, janitors, nurses, engineers, pilots, electricians, factory workers, book keepers, secretaries, musicians, bankers... it's amazing how people from such varying places come together as one to sit at the feet of Jesus and learn of Him.

This is truly a unique blessing. The natural man operates so differently. We naturally segregate into preferred status groups and build all kinds of walls to keep out those who don't fit. But the beauty of Christianity is that we become one despite our social status (as perceived by the outside world, the man living after the flesh.) As we follow Christ, the walls of separation come down, and we are ever drawn closer to one another as we pursue His mind and spirit. It's truly a beautiful thing... just one more thing I love about our Maker!

~For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. (Rom 8:5 NAS)