This Sunday, you may find yourself in a church building surrounded by friendly and loving faces with pipes from an Organ draping the walls. Everyone will be singing praises to God in their Sunday best. You’ll hear a sermon that will speak directly to you. You’ll hug a few necks and say “peace be with you” or “God bless!”” Then as you shuffle outside in the sunlight you’ll feel refreshed and ready for what God holds for you today. You’ll shake a few hands on the way out and smile to perfect strangers who came in quietly last week and again today in search of God and new friends.
You’ll see a guy across the street holding a cross that looks like the flag fluttering under old glory on the pole out front. He’s taking pictures of it in the sunlight. You’ll almost wave but you don’t. You didn’t judge him and may not think of him again today because you are focused on God and loving the ones around you. You’ll go home and have a wonderful meal with your family and find a spot on your comfy chair to take a nap while football is heard in the background. Resting in Him.
You also may find yourself in a barn next to a white dog named Grace, with pipe clamps draping the walls. Your Sunday best clothes may be your jeans and your stain splotched shirt that never make it to the hanger after being washed, because you’ll wear them again in two days. The radio station you have on all week that plays country music plays Christian music on Sunday mornings. Those songs will speak directly to you. You’ll turn on some saws, answer some wonderful comments with a “God Bless!” on your last fb post, and hug Grace occasionally as she follows you around. You’ll go outside into the warm sun, carrying the cross you just finished. You’ll see folks exiting a church across the street who glance over to see what you are doing. You almost wave at each other but you don’t. You’ll feel lonely for just a moment remembering going to church as child with family no longer here. You stop and enjoy the laughter and conversations about the sermon carrying over in the wind. You take some pictures and come back into the barn and open your Bible app and then these verses stand out to you.
Romans 12:2-5 NLT
You’ll look forward to walking into the house and hugging your family as you come in for a quick snack. Your youngest says “Love you Daddy!” and you say “Love you too!” as you walk back out to the barn to make more crosses.
No matter how we worship God. Whether it’s together with friends and family in a warm pew or alone with our dog Grace sitting occasionally in a chair you made from a lawnmower seat. There’s no wrong way to do it. We are all one body and we all have a part to perform with the gifts he bestowed upon us. We are belting out hymns in our best singing voice in tune with others in church or running a belt sander over sharp corners on a cross singing to ourselves. We may not understand sometimes how or why others worship the way they do, but it’s our own unique way to worship Him! We are all a different part of one body of Christ. That, means we are Christians. He gets it! And he gets us!
Later this evening, You may say “Have a Blessed Day!” to each other in comments on fb as you look forward to the week ahead with a renewed spirit and clear mind. Ready to serve God in your own special way and better understand His will for you.
Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. Because of the privilege and authority God has given me, I give each of you this warning: Don’t think you are better than you really are. Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves, measuring yourselves by the faith God has given us. Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other.