On my way to spend the evening with a fellow church member, I was worrying that we wouldn’t have much to talk about. We come from different walks of life, after all. We have different tastes, different interests, different styles.
Then, a thought swiftly quieted my worries.
Jesus befriended people totally unlike Him – Christians can do the same.
When Jesus, fully God, became fully man to dwell among us He entered a world full of people that were entirely unlike Him. And yet, He chose twelve of those people to be His closest companions and counted many others as friends (think Mary, Martha, and Lazarus).
Not only did Jesus befriend those not like Him, He sacrificed His life for people unlike Him.
As 2 Corinthians 5:21 puts it:
“For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”
Humanity has been marred by sin and death, looking nothing like the glorious excellence of the Lord. But, what does the Gospel do? Imparts God’s righteousness to broken people.
Additionally, the Lord has worked diversity into His creation and, yes, even into His church. Just like the intricate differences between shells found on the beach, there are divinely orchestrated differences in our churches. Those differences are purposeful so that we may “maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” (Ephesians 4:1-6)
Have you observed differences in your church family? Do they trouble you, or do you relish in them? Is the thought that Jesus befriends people different from Himself an encouragement?