A couple of Sundays ago, I witnessed something that will likely stay with me for a long time.
In the church that I attend, there are a wide variety of members of all ages who come from different walks of life.
The congregation stood to sing a song. A small group of singers stood at the front to lead us.
As I sang along, my attention was drawn to my left and a couple of pews or so over. Two men were standing beside each other. Since the church has many people who enjoy leading the singing each week, groups of musicians take turns each month to be up front. These two men regularly sing in one of these groups. I had not noticed them, however, standing next to each other in the audience before.
God was writing a lesson on my heart as I stood almost staring at these men. They were absolutely joyous as they sang, and many times they turned to each other, smiling and sharing praise to God with sincere and transparent hearts. They both loved God and they were brothers in Christ.
This would be significant, stated alone, but there was much more to the lesson.
You see, one of the men is a lawyer and…..
The other man was formerly a homeless and violent gang member….before he so gloriously came to know the Lord.
Knowing the personal testimony of the previously homeless man and the life that he was freed from brought a stark contrast to mind as I watched them together.
God is no respector of persons. The background a person may be coming simply doesn’t matter. Should it matter to us?
When a heart is led to repentance, there is only one sentiment–forgiveness and acceptance.
No matter who is knocking on the door, sincerely believing in Jesus and desiring this forgiveness, it is always opened to them.
"Come on in!"
How beautiful is the picture of all of those saved by grace on equal footing!
None may boast except in the Lord.
An old hymn states, "Blessed be the tie that binds our hearts in Christian love. The fellowship of kindred minds is like to that above." (by Johns Fawcett)
In the Sunday service this morning, these two men were up front, joyously leading praise in song to God.
Their hearts are bound together in Christian love by the Holy Spirit. James 2:1 says,
"My dear brothers and sisters, as believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ, never think some people are more important than others."
We are all the same.