This past Sunday, Alan preached on “The Communion of the Saints.” It made me realize with new eyes the fantastic history of Christianity. In my children’s sermon, I chose to use a ribbon to show the link throughout history of all the people (heroes if you will) who had an impact on Christianity. It included people like Abraham and Sarah who began as non-believers but God used anyway. It included people like Constantine, the Roman Emperor who converted to Christianity. It also included more modern greats such as Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Mother Teresa, and Billy Graham. All of these are included in the Communion of the Saints.
But just as it says in the hymn, “I Sing A Song of the Saints of God,” God calls all of us to be a part of this communion. The final verse of the hymn says, “They lived not only in ages past; there are hundreds of thousands still. The world is bright with the joyous saints who love to do Jesus’ will. You can meet them in school, on the street, in the store, in church, by the sea, in the house next door; they are saints of God, whether rich or poor, and I mean to be one too.”
The bottom line is that all of us who accept Christ as our Lord and Savior and want to do God’s will, can make a positive difference for Christianity. It’s not about numbers although we would all like to see our faith reach many more new believers. It’s about going into the world and treating people as Jesus taught us to treat them. I feel that we have to start by seeing everyone as a child of God, no matter who they are, and treating them as a child of God. To quote another old hymn: “I’m a child of the King, a child of the King. Through Jesus, my savior, I’m a child of the King.”
I look forward to seeing you all on Sunday.