“Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ.” (1 Corinthians 12:12)
Unity, such a small word with some not so small implications. According to the dictionary the definition of unity is, “a whole or totality as combining all its parts in to one.” As humans this is a hard thing to fully accomplish. Nonetheless, it is something we, as Christians, are called to strive to achieve.
God is a very creative God. This is made evident in the way that he created us. Not one of us is exactly the same. There is intentional variety in the world we live in, which reveals God’s care and love for us – we aren’t mass-produced in a factory.
Think about who you are in the body
“But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be.” (1 Corinthians 12:18)
Unlike our physical bodies, our jobs and purposes can change, and we can also have more than one! Our lives consist of seasons. Relationships, experiences, and opportunities, they all cause change and propel us into a dynamic world. Who we are is not static. For one season of life you could be a “hand” and in another the “eyes” and “ears”, but the important thing is not necessarily finding out which part we are, it is more about knowing that we are a part(s).
I have a purpose!
Think about who others are in the body
“ Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.” (1 Corinthians 12:27)
We are not Elastigirl. Our arms are constrained to certain measurements. It is necessary for us to recognize the part that we all play as being parts of the body of Christ. First we realize the part that we have to play; now it is all about recognizing the other parts.
It is really easy to compare, we all at some point fall into this trap. Comparing each other, and ourselves, is very destructive, why? Because as my parents have wisely said, there will always be someone worse and someone better. When we compare we will always be bringing someone down. What we should concentrate on is encouraging each other to be better in the positions we are in.
See how we fit together
“So that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.” (1 Corinthians 12:25-26)
A few months ago I suffered from a sore pinky toe. Now that tiny toe really made a difference in what I did. For over a month my life revolved around this toe! But it really put in perspective the verse above.
We are all united under the head, which is Jesus. In him as well, we find our importance. For this reason we should be concerned with the health of the body. And what does a healthy body of Christ look like? One that is concentrated on showing the Father’s love to each other, one that is focusing on The Cause (which is to share the good news of Jesus), and one that strives to lift each other up, not to elevate one person over another, but to encourage. We are all needed, we are all necessary, and we all have something to bring.
“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. 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.” (Ephesians 4:15-16)
Jesus is the head of the body (hence body of Christ). It is under him that we can be united. If we focus on Jesus everything else comes into place. We will see things through his eyes and be able to accomplish what we have been commissioned by God to do. (Matthew 28:18-20, Matthew 22:37-39)
Now here we are, all many parts that make up one body, united by the head, to accomplish amazing things.