You Are Vital! - Unity and Diversity
For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully (Romans 12:4-8, NIV).
Last Sunday, at The Well Church of Lewisville, we began a series called “God’s Purpose for You – Unity and Diversity”. In this study, we are learning God’s plan for individuals (diversity) and how it relates to the body of Christ (unity).
In Paul’s letter to the church in Rome, the Apostle Paul is telling the church that the unity of the church can only function as designed through the diversity of it’s members. In other words, God created each part of the body uniquely, because each part plays a vital function in the body. Diversity remains diversity when we forget this concept. Throughout the history of man, diversity has caused separation, not unity. Mankind has been in a constant pursuit of independence. Mankind says, “I don’t need God” and “dependency is weakness”. We are taught to be independent. We are taught that it is shameful to depend on others. This is a lie from the father of lies and is one of the main reasons we don’t see the power of God demonstrated through our churches today.
In Romans 12:4, Paul tells us “each member belongs to all the others”. This is a concept that each person must grasp if they want to see the church impact the world. When you received Christ, you gave up your life for Him. You became a servant to the king of kings. A good analogy of this is someone signing up for the armed forces.
When you sign-up to serve our country, you are willingly giving up your life to serve, making a sacrifice for others. You are given a specific and diverse role to perform, which is vital for the armed forces to function in unity. When you serve, you serve sacrificially and with honor for our great nation.
When you receive Jesus Christ, you sign-up to serve the greatest kingdom of all, sacrificially and with honor. And in doing so, you were grafted in to a holy family that can only function properly when you play your role in the family responsibilities. You have been gifted and created by God’s grace in order that you might play the role God planned for you before you were ever born. And your role is to serve in the body of Christ, not alone. Individually we can be strong, but together we can be unstoppable in showing God’s love to the world. I urge you today to learn God’s purpose for you in the body of Christ and to serve the greatest kingdom in the universe.
May your role in the body of Christ be a fulfilling role to you and may the Lord use your diversity to bring together and unstoppable unity.
Be blessed in all you do!
Your brother in Christ,