3 Ways God Designed Us for Unity
12 Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ.
14 Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many. 15 Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? It the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? 18 But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. 1 Corinthians 12:12, 14-18
1. God created us to be interdependent not to be independent. Ultimately, we need each other to be successful (1 Corinthians 12:12).
2. You do not need to become someone different to belong. There is great value in our differences. God has uniquely made each of us to make significant contributions to the whole (1 Corinthians 12:14-17).
3. Our differences are designed to complete us not defeat us. What we decide to do with differences will ultimately divide us, if we judge others, or unite us, if we value others
(1 Corinthians 12:18).
How can you choose to see the beauty of God’s design in those who are different from you?
What keeps you from valuing one another’s differences? Make a commitment today to consider how to value others differences rather than judge them (Matthew 7:1-5).