Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.
1 Corinthians 12:12-13 (NIV)
The Holy Spirit is passionate about one thing: bringing glory to Jesus. He does that by being to us what Jesus was to His disciples while he walked the planet. The Spirit guides each of us, with our diverse roles, to effectively represent the body of Jesus to a world that desperately longs to see the real Jesus. Each of us is just a small part, but working together, we can achieve a calling as great as being the body of Jesus by embracing the diversity of the different parts of the body.
So what part of Jesus’ body are you? Whatever it may be, are you acting in such a way that others would see that part of the body as belonging to Jesus’ body? And are you more concerned about the full body – because it is Jesus’ body – or are you really just concerned about looking good as your part of the body? You need to be the best body part you can be, but you also need to be encouraging the other parts of the body, because it is the body of Jesus.
That’s a very tall task, and it likely surpasses your ability to do it well. That’s when the Holy Spirit comes back in! The Holy Spirit is there to help each of us be the best body part we can be AND to work well with and encourage all of the other body parts, so that the sum total – the body of Jesus – may bless the world today. Will you decrease and allow the Spirit to increase so that the Spirit can align all of us to form that One body? Will you drink of that One Spirit?
Lord, let this reader and I be “All for One”, and may we be led by Your Spirit while embracing the diversity You created so that we can effectively represent the body of Jesus to our world.
This is the first in the “Embrace Diversity” series of blog posts.