Saturday, March 3, 2012

Different Yet the Same

When I recently saw these rocks I thought about these things: they were rocks serving the same purpose, no rock was greater or better than another rock, and each rock was dramatically different from the other.  

Consider this parable from Jesus found in Luke 14: 7 When he noticed how the guests picked the places of honor at the table, he told them this parable: 8 “When someone invites you to a wedding feast, do not take the place of honor, for a person more distinguished than you may have been invited. 9 If so, the host who invited both of you will come and say to you, ‘Give this person your seat.’ Then, humiliated, you will have to take the least important place. 10 But when you are invited, take the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he will say to you, ‘Friend, move up to a better place.’ Then you will be honored in the presence of all the other guests. 11 For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” (The Message Version)

These rocks served a common purpose by protecting the soil from erosion by rain.  Yet not one of them despite how they looked, was greater than the other.  They are equally important, serving a common function.  Not one called out seeking special attention or claiming a greater status than the other.  In some ways God's people are not so different... great in diversity, serving a common purpose, each one equal.  I would do well to consider the lesson that comes from these rocks. 

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