The issue of diversity in the Body of Christ is as relevant today as it was in the very time of the apostles. God never intended to leave a pack of cookie cutter clones. He intentionally picked 12 of the most different men anyone had ever seen. Fishermen, tax collectors, zealots, thieves, intellectuals and plain guys made up the cast we call Apostles. Then in the early church, the theme continued–we are different folk, with different gifts brought together to function as a community that encourages, provides and protects the family we call believers.
The enemy tries as he will to divide us because of our differences–but, God clearly pulled us together because of those differences. The Romans 12 illustration of one body with many parts makes it plain. As a body we cannot all be mouths, or hands, or eyes. Some have to be shoulders, others ears and a few backs to assure all the work gets done. Praise God for the laps that hold our kids. Praise God for the shoulders that bear the weight of a crying friend. Praise God for the ears that listen to the otherwise ignored. Praise God for the mouths that sing and the knees that become blistered during prayer. As a community–the more we embrace our different gifting, the more mature of a body we become! Help us to Grow up!!!
God Bless You
So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, 12 to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.
14 Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. 15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. 16 From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.