John 13:31 – 35
31When he had gone out, Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man has been glorified, and God has been glorified in him. 32If God has been glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself and will glorify him at once.33Little children, I am with you only a little longer. You will look for me; and as I said to the Jews so now I say to you, ‘Where I am going, you cannot come.’ 34I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. 35By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
To be a disciple of Jesus requires that we love one another. I spent some time this week at the states’ (NSW/ACT) meeting of the Uniting Church and I was looking around the room at a very diverse collection of people, we meet and engage each other due to our commitment to Jesus but sometimes I think we forget to actually love each other for who we are.. and use our gifts to serve God on behalf of those who do not have our gifts. I am no musician, but I need my musician friends to use their gift not just for them but for me and others as well. Music not shared is not as it was ever intended.
I wonder if this is what the church is meant to be like? We can easily love and share our gifts with the people who are the same as us, we love and honour God all the way to heaven with that.. But what if we spent our energy seeking God already visible in those who are different. What are we looking for? Love.. It will come in many different forms and languages and sometimes it might feel like angry rage, but I wonder what would happen if we were to see the eyes of Christ and love all disciples.. How amazing a gift for the church but imagine the honour to God it would bring. We are all trying to be followers of Jesus we were never called to do it exactly the same.