One of the truly astounding aspects of the Christian life is the way in which believers around the world are knit together in a common bond. Here I am, thousands of kilometers from home (4,863 to be exact), yet when we gather together for services, I feel a warmth and connection that makes it feel as though we have known each other all our lives!
Why is that? And what is that? How come there is this immediate connection to other believers? One word probably captures this connection the best. It’s Jesus. We are a group of people from around the world bound together by a deep gratitude for having our sins forgiven by Jesus.
We are bound together by a love for Jesus. We are a bunch of freed slaves. Our deliverance is our common denominator. Our fellowship is in the gospel of God’s grace; a gospel that features Jesus as the central figure. We are bound together by the one who set us free. Even though the church around the world is culturally distinct and linguistically different we all share in the person and work of Jesus. He’s the glue that holds us all together.
Thanks Lighthouse Baptist, for welcoming me and for showing me the joy of our mutual connection in Jesus this week!