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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Our Mutual Friend (not about the book) (09/15/11)

TITLE: The Common Denominator
By connie barrett
09/16/11


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Jesus Name unites. No matter how different we are from one another in Christ we have one thing in common. When we know and love Jesus He becomes our mutual friend, holding us together. We become one. There’s no ‘us’ and ‘them’. Instead it’s ‘we’. When you know Jesus for yourself that automatically gives you something in common with every other Jesus follower who ever walked this earth. Whether we’re male or female, old or young, or rich or poor, we are one when we share in our Mutual Friend.

Having said that, even though God’s Church family shares His Son in common each person is as unique as the next. Diversity is strengthened by our common faith in Jesus Christ. Because we stand on common ground this allows us to be ourselves. We can still be as individual as we are at the same time as being undivided, having a united front. Some of us are seeing eyes, listening ears, busy hands, beating hearts and running feet. Even though we all function differently we’re all still part of the Body of Christ; we’re all intertwined and connected to one another as we’re found in Him. Our lives are wrapped around one another, as our lives are anchored in Him.

We share in the same heart, life, and love. We’re of one body, one mind, and one Spirit. As the body of believers we’re united in heart as our mutual love for Jesus pulses through our veins. Jesus joins hearts as we hold hands under His banner that stretches across the earth. We’re brothers and sisters when we’re found in Christ Jesus. This bond cannot be broken, it forms part of our DNA, and nothing can alter this. Every single Christ-follower is united as Jesus is the common denominator.

When you walk through the Gates of Heaven and along the Golden Streets you will see people from every tribe and nation. People of different ages, languages, and skin colour will be there. This shared love stretches as far as the eye can see, and further still. This love wings itself around the world, and stands as far as one side of Heaven is from the other. As many people who catch this Love own a sense of community as well. This diverse group of people is held together by one Person: Jesus Christ. Everyone who holds themselves to the Name shares not only in Jesus but in Life with a capital L. Jesus is nothing short of our Mutual Friend, for eternal life.


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Noel Mitaxa 09/23/11
Isn't it sad to have a Common Denominator that we have split into so many denominations - or are they demon-itations? Very salutary, and also very encouraging material.
Linda Goergen09/23/11
What a wonderful blessing to know that we are all bound together by the love of Jesus and it never ceases to fill me with joy and wonder of it all when I make that instant “love” connection with another believer, though they are a complete stranger to me! This was a wonderful, blessed read, so well written!
Karen Pourbabaee 09/24/11
This was a delightful exposition on the tie that binds us, Christ!!
Hiram Claudio09/25/11
Nice work and a good message that we all need to be reminded of regularly. Thanks!
Brenda Shipman 09/27/11
Great truths here, nicely presented.
Theresa Santy 09/27/11
What a beautiful picture you've painted here.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 10/12/11
This is a nice essay about Jesus. The opening felt a little too rigid for me. Try using some commas and breaking the sentences into a more casual format so it feels like a friend is talking to me. You make some outstanding points and it really did make me stop and think. Your message about diversity is so important especially with the climate of the world today. Even though our cultures and traditions make us different when we look into the night sky we are all seeing the same moon and stars that God created. It makes the world feel a little smaller.