What does oneness mean today?

“For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ, we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others,” –Romans 12:4-5

Reposting this devotional from 2011 because we need it so badly today.

You know what – you walk into a building that people call the church. It isn’t the building. It’s the people. I still miss my close friends from Grace Community on Hilton Head. I think about my Brooklyn and Queens New York brothers and sisters all the time. My Toronto Canada Brothers and sisters adopted our entire family and loved us with a love that has never been equaled anywhere else. My Mahatma Gandhi London UK brothers and sisters, who taught me how to take care of my new baby, took such gentle care of us- as a family. To this day even my ex-husband still talks about the London, Toronto, and Brooklyn churches.

The church is made up of people loving each other and reaching out to each other. It is the place where ‘Good Morning’ is not the only communication that you have with each other. The church is where Sunday morning is not the only time that you have a relationship with people. It extends itself to the local coffee shop after church, where you sit and talk about the word you just heard.

Or in someone’s home where you have a cup of tea and some homemade shortbread, or scones. It’s the place where young mothers are taught how to sew, crochet, become creators of all sorts of things as they take care of their families. Young men are taught all the things that they need to know to take care of their families and meet their needs with the help of God.

The church is the place where love becomes actions and is not a noun that is used flippantly. The church is where people invite total strangers – people who are new to the congregation – into their homes to welcome them into the church community. Not just their friends. Is that the picture that you are used to? It is what I have experienced since the day I told Jesus He was Lord of my life at age 14. Except in a certain area….I guess that is a cultural thing. Do you think it is time to change that culture? I do! We don’t go to church, we are the church. We “Do” church 7 days of each week and not inside the building either. Amen?

You Are Not The Only One

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