Unity Through Diversity

Any of us who have or are raising children recognize this somewhat amazing phenomena of our children being alike in many ways while at the same time being different in many ways. Maglie Miami Heat Their sameness identifies them with the larger whole, say a “Hurd,” while simultaneously their differences identify them as an individual, say Wesley. Actually, this “sameness” with “diversity” manifest itself within every sphere of human community, whether it be family, church, business, politics – wherever it is that two or more people join together for a common cause. Chaussures ASICS Gel Glorify pour Femme New Balance Baratas A business is not going to be successful if every member of the team is a salesman. nike air max 2017 hombre There are multiple other facets of a successful business that require differing skill sets other than sales. Thus was the topic of Paul to the church at Corinth, recorded at 1 Corinthians 12:12-26, where there was apparently some dispute or discussion about the roles of the individual Christians within the larger context of the Church. Specifically, Paul wrote, “For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ… If the foot should say, ‘Because I am not a hand, I am not of the body,’ is it therefore not of the body?… nike air max 2016 goedkope If the whole body were an eye, where would be the hearing? … And if they were all one member, where would the body be? But now indeed there are many members, yet one body. And the eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you”…No, much rather, those members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary… But God composed the body, having given greater honor to that part which lacks it, that there should be no schism in the body, but that the members should have the same care for one another.” Such is the way a successful business is conducted, a successful family is conducted, and a successful church is conducted. Joe Namath Jersey nike air max 1 homme (It is noteworthy that this passage follows the passage in 1 Corinthians 11 instructing believers to examine themselves so that they might rightly discern the body of Christ prior to partaking the Lord’s Supper.) Human nature seems to play out the age old saying, “Birds of a feather flock together.” But that saying seems to be contrary to what Paul was telling the Corinthians. Air Max 2017 Dames wit As Christians, we are participating in our calling from Christ on more than one playing field. As usual, we don’t live in the realm of “this OR that” but rather “this AND that.” First of all, we are certainly individuals in the Kingdom of God with a particular calling and gifting according to the whim of the Holy Spirit. nike air max (1 Cor 12:11) It should be obvious that the one individual is not the whole and complete expression of the body of Christ in His Church. New Balance 1400 męskie Fjallraven Kanken No.2 Thus each of us individuals is called into covenant community by which the combined gifting of the individuals is expressed by the local Christian congregation. Nike Free 3.0
Yet even the local congregation is not the sole expression, by itself, of the whole of the body of Christ. Furthermore, the local congregations may join together in some ecclesiastical union of like-mindedness, yet that one denomination is not the sole, by itself, expression of the whole of the body of Christ. The sole expression of the whole of the body of Christ is found in the world-wide catholic Church (emphasis on lower case “c”) which is comprised of a conglomerate of individuals and local congregations and regional “denominations” and so on and so forth. My point is that 1) not every local congregation has the same calling or expression in the body of Christ. Fjallraven Kanken 20L There is and should be a healthy diversity within the body of Christ through the various local covenant congregations that meets the need of the individual where he is today in his spiritual journey. New Orleans Pelicans 2) Christian maturity is progressing beyond just receiving to the actuality of giving. Brooklyn Nets We must learn to resist the tendency of “birds of a feather” and be willing to place ourselves and our particular spiritual gifting at the place of need. A local congregation comprised solely of “teachers” with no other expressions of the Holy Spirit is of little use within the Kingdom of God. nike free 5.0 hombre They need evangelists and pastors and gifts of knowledge and etc….as Paul pointed out in 1 Corinthians 12:1 and Ephesians 4. 3) The local congregation must not become puffed up because they seem to have a visible and prominent work in the Church nor are they to be envious or discouraged because others seem to have a prominent position while they themselves labor unnoticed. Jesus taught his disciples recorded at John 4:36, “And he who reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit for eternal life, that both he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together. fjällräven kånken classic For in this the saying is true: ‘One sows and another reaps.’” The challenge of the individual Christian is to place himself at the place of need, according to his own spiritual gifting, whether in the local congregation, the mission field on the other side of the globe, or somewhere in between and then to disciple others – friends, neighbors, and/or children to do the same. fjällräven kånken big Unity through diversity. New Balance 009 mujer Learning to work with and appreciate each other for the greater cause – the Crown Rights of King Jesus.

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