Our world is full of messages that group people into categories and create opposite sides of almost every topic. That makes it difficult to remember that we are all God’s children. He created each of us using the same materials. We have a lot in common; perhaps more than we have differences.
- Read Genesis 1:27 and Galatians 5:26
- Bring three containers (jars or bowls or the like) made out of different materials. Use items made out of only one material, to keep it simple. For example, you could bring 3 bowls one made out of glass, another plastic, and a third, wood.
I brought a few containers with me today. [Hold each one up and ask about it separately]. What is this first bowl made out of? How about this one? What about this last one?
They are all made out of three different materials, aren’t they, but they are also all made out of the same thing. How can that be possible? Does anyone have an idea? I’ll give you a hint - they are all made up of tiny particles that are too small for us to see. Do you know now? They are made up of atoms.
Atoms are the basic building blocks of everything in the universe. Everything in this room is made up of atoms. The pews, the lights, the altar - even Pastor [fill in your pastor’s name]. You and I are made of atoms. We are like all matter in the universe. We are made up of the same building blocks, none of us better than the other. Whether those particles are configured into a tree or a building changes what they look like, what purpose they serve and how they are treated by us, but they are all, at their essence, the same.
So people are all, in their essence, the same. We all eat, sleep, drink, get frustrated, cry, laugh, get nervous, get dressed, have to learn how to share, be nice, sit up straight, read, talk, walk.
God made us different, so we could learn from one another, but He made us the same at our core, so we could relate to one another. Learn from the differences, but focus on the core of a person, their essence.
Whenever you meet someone new, the first thing you need to do is to find out their name. The second thing you need to do is find out what you have in common with them. Because no matter where they came from, how old they are, what they look like or whether they are nice to you at first…you have something in common with them. If you find out what it is, you will be well on your way to making a new friend.
Lord, there are so many things in this world that try to divide us and we know that we are all your children. Each time we meet new people in our lives, help us to find the things we have in common with one another and ways for us to get along with and care about each other. In your name we pray, Amen.