Yesterday a teacher, two engineers, retired business owners, the president of an IT company, a marketing manager for U of A, a preacher and their families shared a table at lunch. Last night a furniture restorer, a retired hospital maintenance man, a retirement home maintenance man, a nurse, a high school teacher, a retired high school teacher and author, a pre-school teacher, an elementary school teacher, a physical trainer, two IT professionals (one from UAB Hospital and one from DCH), an engineer, a college professor, a three year old, and a preacher all gathered for a meal. But they all have something in common (and it is not just the need to eat).
All of these people come from different walks of life. Some grew up in this area, others grew up in different parts of the state and country. Some have served their country in the military, others have not. Some attended college at the University of Alabama, others at different schools – Freed-Hardeman, Faulkner, Shelton State, Walker College (now Bevill State), and others. But they all have something in common.
Some were retired, some are working, some were mostly stay-at-home parents. Some speak foreign languages, some don’t even try. One is in pre-school and likes trains and playing on couches pretending the floor is hot lava (I love that game). But they all have something in common.
Most, if not all of them were fans of University of Alabama Crimson Tide athletics. Some liked baseball, some liked football, some liked soccer, some liked softball. A few may only tolerate sports. While they were together, there was conversation, laughter, and a little late-night guitar jam session. There was togetherness because they all have something in common.
But they all have something in common.
You are way ahead of me. You know what they have in common. They are all children of God. Different backgrounds, different occupations, different families, different qualities and stages of life, different ethnicities, different genders, and different ages, but all in Christ. Paul said it this way, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” (Gal 3:28).
Thank You for unity in Christ. Thank You for the church – Your kingdom and Your people. Thank You for the diversity of abilities and interests, but thank You for the commonality. Thank you for our salvation and our fellowship in Christ. In Jesus’ name.
Take time this week to spend with other Christians, not only in a worship setting, but just enjoying each other’s company and make memories that will impact your eternity.