Stop and ask yourself this question,

Am I different than other people?

The only way to answer that question is with a yes. The fact is, we’re all different. We may share interests and hobbies with others, we may like things that other people like, but when you get down to the nitty gritty we are all different. I have friends that I golf with, friends I scuba dive with, friends I hunt with. Yet I can honestly say, and they’d say its good thing, we are all different.

God created us unique individuals.

Now let’s take that thought of being different into the family of God. How is it that a thousand different people can join together under one banner and one cause and stand shoulder to shoulder together? Is it the ministries that brings us together, is it the preaching, is it the music, is it the building, is it personalities, just what is it that brings different people together to accomplish the mission to “Go and make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28)?

The one thing that crosses all boundaries, all skin colors, all ethnicity, all personalities, all likes and dislikes is Christ. He brings us together. As a matter of fact Jesus said that through Him we are one with the Father. Here we are different people and imperfect people united to accomplish the Great Commission and the Great Commandment.

Church is truly an amazing organism that transcends differences and brings us together not to satisfy any one of us but to bring honor and glory to Him.

Next time you sense you’re different at church, remember you and I, as well as you and the people around you, have been transformed into selfless persons who care more about others than ourselves and have the same Father. Pretty amazing if you ask me. That gives new value to the phrase “one another”.

Continue to pray for Brian Custer. Brian remains hospitalized with multiple complications. While he cannot have visitors, please continue to pray for he and his family. Let me also encourage you to drop him a card, or drop his wife Emilee a card and let them know that no matter how long this trial lasts, we’re praying for them and standing with them.

Impacting Tomorrow Today,

Pastor Carl