“Turn around and say hi to someone!”
That’s a phrase every church is familiar with regardless of denomination. It doesn’t matter what service or where you sit, there is always a few minutes of meeting and greeting.
Some people jump to their feet with a huge grin, ready to say hello, usually because they surround themselves with their usual crowd. Others are more reluctant, shake 1 or 2 hands, then spend the rest of the time looking around awkwardly. Some don’t even get up, and instead turn to their phones for a suddenly urgent text, or find they need to grab something DEEP inside their bottomless purses. Then there are those who have no clue who you are and yet are genuinely glad to see you; leaving you feeling welcome.
So why all the awkward tension?
God’s Word says…. ‘He predestined us to be adopted as His sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with His pleasure and will — to the praise of His glorious grace , which He has freely given us in the One He loves (Jesus). In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace’. (Ephesians 1:5-7 NIV)
In Church you meet people from all walks of life; some people you may have things in common with, while others are your polar opposite. But for those of us there, who have turned to Christ and repented of our past sinful ways, we have one thing that unifies us…JESUS!
The blood of the Lamb is what seals our adoption. His sacrifice has become the bloodline of the church, linking us together as family.
I’m encouraged to see the few minutes of meeting and greeting quite differently now (and I hope you are too). A new comfort comes when I’m surrounded by church members; they’re family. And one day we’ll rejoice together in paradise!