UNDER THE MANGO TREE
There’s a small village about twenty kilometers from Mbale Uganda. In that village lives a small number of God’s people. They have no building in which to worship. They gather under a MANGO TREE. Images flood through my mind as I think about my precious siblings in Christ who gather in this way. This is truly the heart of a New Testament Church. It is the manifest expression of the words of Paul—–
19 Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God;
20 And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;
21 In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:
22 In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.
Can you imagine? Would you gather UNDER THE MANGO TREE, or do you require cushioned pews, air conditioning, and a grand display from your “music department”. Would a couple of village drums suffice? I imagine in my mind—-that God is leaning forward with great pride, and exclaiming—-”NOW THAT’S MY CHURCH, under that Mango tree”.
The day may come—-when you also—-may gather—-UNDER THE MANGO TREE.