If they looked like me then maybe they could be Aussies too!
Reference: “Because there is one loaf, we, who are many, are one body, for we all share the one loaf.” 1 Corinthians 10:17 NIV
Explore: A few years ago I spent a month over in the Philippines. While the people over there were incredibly friendly, English was their second language and I had to speak quite slowly so they could understand my accent.
One day we went to a restaurant where there were other white people like myself. As I walked past them I intently eavesdropped to hear their accents. If they looked like me then maybe they could be Aussies too!
Rarely did I meet another Australian. There were German missionaries and Russian businessmen that came across my path, but English was still their second (or third or fourth) language.
Only once did I meet other Aussies. They were rushing off to catch a plane but I got to speak to them for five minutes.
I didn’t have to slow down my speech or try to remove my accent. We recognised the place back home where we each lived and had a quick chuckle about having to brush our teeth with bottled water.
While we were strangers back home, in this foreign place we had found unity.
Application: This is how it should be when we find a fellow follower of Jesus. In a world where Jesus’ ways are so foreign, when we discover someone else with the same beliefs we should rejoice in the unity.
God loves unity and through unity we can have a greater impact on our world. Let’s try not to just focus on our differences, but let’s bind together as believers to make God’s name known in our world today.
Prayer: Lord, the ways of our world can often seem so far from Your will. May we band together with other believers to proclaim Your name to our broken world. Amen.
What is something that connects you to other believers?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.