An invitation came my way to speak at a national conference in Spartanburg, SC.  I was honored to have been asked.  So, I prepared and made the long journey across the vast distance of our splendid country.

My hosts brought me to the venue.  The church was stunning.  It was a beautifully designed, spacious and easy to find your way around.

Then, I stepped into the auditorium where I would be speaking.  Wow!  This place is huge!

Those who brought me said that this facility has the capacity of 5,000.  That is a lot of people for a church.  People in South Carolina are serious about their lives of faith.

Of course the challenge is to operate a “volunteer” organization and keep everyone involved.  It is too easy to hide in big churches.  People can get lost in the crowd. 

Some times people want to remain anonymous.  Something keeps them from jumping in and getting into smaller groups to serve and express their faith.  But, at least they come.

What is really special about all of the believers who attend this church share a connection with all believers every where.  There is no doubt that everyone who is a part of this fellowship gives God the glory for this wonderful facility.  Their trust in God is the same God that I trust.

Yes, we are connected.  We are family.  Together we are working in the same vineyard, just at different parts.

When the church is seen in all of its various parts, the big picture is very impressive.  There is no competitiveness.  Comparatives are not pertinent.

Rather, we are united in Christ and one in His Spirit.  We rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who weep.  God is not stressed as He distributes blessings according to His riches in heaven.

“Together” is an amazing word.  It is more than an emotional expression.  This speaks of something way beyond a dismissive wave of the hand. 

Instead, this is a value that is treasured by all who have been born again.  It comforts all.  There is a generous reservoir of mercy that will never run dry. 

Enjoy the immensity of the body of Christ.  Then, tell others how to enter it.  Spread the good news and the Spirit will make the harvest of shared joy a spectacular celebration for us all.

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