It is easy for us modern US Christians to see ourselves as G^d’s gift to the world. We think of ourselves as the “missionary senders”, “the evangelists”, the “keepers of the faith”. We often think that Church history consists chiefly of: Jesus and His apostles, Martin Luther, and then us. But Scripture warns us, “Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.” (Rom 12:3).
What a thrill today, for our mission team to pray in Yerevan, Armenia’s Etchmiadzin Cathedral, the oldest cathedral in the world (~303 AD). For 1700 years before us, Christians have gathered here to pray, sing, and “spur one another on to love and good works” (Heb 10:24). We looked around at those stones, and then up at that blackened ceiling far above us. What prayers have these stones heard? If the “rocks cried out” (Lk 19:40 ) it seems reasonable that these stones’ cries would be among the loudest.
Man’s pride never serves G^d’s kingdom. Let us recognize that we are merely one short part of a long history of Believers, all of whom have, through Christ, been in relationship with the G^d of the Universe. And, let us realize that across both time and geography, we are privileged to be but a small part of what is The Body of Christ.
What a privilege indeed!