Recently, I had the privilege of attending a conference with pastors from a variety of backgrounds. As we sang the universal hymn, Amazing Grace, I was touched as I looked around the room. There were men of all ages in the room, but the most striking detail was the ethnic and national diversity in the room. I was singing Amazing Grace with pastors from all over the United States, as well as South Africa, West Africa, Nigeria, Mozambique, Philippines, Singapore, and a seminary president from India. All of this diversity in a room with no more than fifty people.
As we sang together, I couldn’t help but think of Ephesians 2:14-15 that speaks of how the work of Christ has torn down the walls between people and created one new people in Christ Jesus. This roomful of men from the far corners of the world who had never met immediately came together around the amazing grace of God. THAT is what we all have in common. We prayed together, studied together, and ate together. The love of Christ was evident throughout. Encouragement was everywhere! All of us were reminded in a tangible way that our great God is at work all over the world.
The body of Christ is a beautiful thing.