[CF Devotionals] 2009-01-23 - Our Diversity

As Christians, we share a direction that we all walk and we are unified in the important things but we each take different paths along the way. It is a huge error to mistake conformity for unity. As Christ's body, we are a diverse people working toward a common goal.

Ephesians 4:7-16 But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.
  1. Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.
  2. (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth?
  3. He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)
  4. And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
  5. For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
  6. Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:
  7. That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
  8. But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:
  9. From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.

We are united in purpose but divided in execution by the gifts he gives us. The goal of a software company is to make a profit from its products. To make good on this goal, people from many departments must work together. Designers must figure out what the program should do. Developers must make it do the required tasks. Marketing then builds interest. A sales team then turns that interest into orders. Distribution fills and ships those orders. Lastly, accounting collects money, pays the bills, and pays all of the employees. Each person or group has their piece of the greater picture. In many companies walls of resentment grow where each department thinks they are the end all be all but that is not true it takes everyone working together to achieve the goal.

As believers, we must work to tear down barriers between those who are different from us and work in other areas of God's kingdom. We need to look at the big picture and realize that God allows each of us to play a role in his plan.

We are many but we are one.

IHFHBOH
Adam

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All scripture references from KJV unless otherwise noted