You’ve probably heard the phrase – unity in diversity. Today the idea of diversity is more often associated with our differences instead of what unifies us, but that is not a twenty-first century idea.
Probably no church in the New Testament was more divided than the church at Corinth. Paul said he heard “there are divisions among you. And I believe it in part, for there must be factions among you in order that those who are genuine among you may be recognized” (1 Corinthians 11;18b-19).
How many factions are there among followers of Christ today? Plenty, but that is not what is intended, is it? Paul went on to address the idea of unity in our diversity in the following passage –
“For the body does not consist of one member but of many. If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body” (1 Corinthians 12:14-16).
In practical terms, I can’t walk on my hands, and trying to type these words with my feet would be next to impossible. In the same way, each of us have gifts and abilities that are important to a properly functioning church.
The bottom line? If you’re a hand, don’t insist on being a foot. It is uncomfortable, to say the least and does little for our unity,