“Thanks for the Sandwich!”

All of you together are Christ’s body,
and each of you is a part of it.
~ 1 Corinthians 12:27, NLT ~

My friend told me a story about his grandmother. It went something like this: “When my grandmother was growing up, if she was out in the neighborhood, and got hungry, she’d go into one of the houses and make herself a sandwich!”

After I finished laughing, I asked him when and where this happened. He said it was probably in the early 1940s and in a small neighborhood in San Diego. Everyone knew each other really well and trusted each other. We joked about his grandmother leaving little notes that said, “Thanks for the sandwich! By the way, you’re out of bread!” Every time I think about his grandmother, I laugh. It’s such a delightful story.

By now, you might know how my mind works:  I can’t help thinking what it was like to live in a place where the bond of trust was so solid that a hungry child could confidently go into another house and make a sandwich. The people in this neighborhood must have known and loved each other, because trust can’t be given to those we don’t know nor love.

This led us to talking about how Christians can go anywhere in the world, meet other believers, and immediately have a solid bond of love and trust. Not because of who we are, but because of Jesus and how He’s united us into one body, through His love.

His love transcends time and place and all differences between us. We may not be able to confidently go into our neighbors’ houses and make sandwiches for ourselves when we’re hungry (that’s called trespassing and theft today), but we can go into God’s house and help ourselves to all His riches in glory (Philippians 4:19).

Drawing by Cathy Clark @ 2016

One of the promises the Lord’s given to us as His body, is that we’re all going to be together for eternity with Him. I’m not able to meet my friend’s grandmother because she lives in other city, but if she goes home to Jesus before I do, I’m going to enjoy hearing her tell us that story!

Keep looking up, because we’ll soon fly away home and be gathered to Him! Our Bridegroom, Jesus, will be waiting with open arms for all of us! Do you wonder what it’ll be like to confidently enter into the “hall” where we’re going to partake of the marriage supper of Lamb? I do! I can hardly wait!

If you don’t know Jesus as your Savior, just ask Him to take you “just as you are,” and He will envelope you in His arms of love. We’re told that, “If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved. As the Scriptures tell us, ‘Anyone who trusts in him will never be disgraced.’… For ‘Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved’” (Romans 10:9-11,13, NLT).

Abba, Father, we’re grateful that You’ve united us into one body of believers through Jesus Christ, our Lord. That though we are so diverse in so many different ways, His love binds us together. Soon, we’ll be singing a new song of praise and adoration to our King, our Bridegroom, as we celebrate the marriage supper of the Lamb. And like my friend’s grandmother, who entered a neighbor’s house with confidence to get something to eat, all–who are willing to confess that Jesus Christ is Lord—will be able enter in and share in the wedding feast. We look forward to that time, Abba. In the meantime, help us to love each other as Jesus loves us, so that the world may know that we are His disciples (John 13:34-35, NIV). In the name of Jesus, and for Your glory. Amen.

 

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