I hope you all are doing great! Sorry for dissapearing. I don’t know about you guys, but I find intentionally making habits like blogging really difficult. I’m happy to dive into things when I feel like it, but I’m the kind of person not in love with routine. Anyway, I think I should build the habit of writing more, so please just nag me when I haven’t written anything in a while 😉
I’ve been led to think about differences. Growing up in two cultures has made me a bit different to most around me, but I think mainly that it’s because I’m resistent to it. And differences are certainly something to be celebrated! But let’s first look at the astounding unity the church has and is to aim for.
One united place of worship
“In him the whole building, being put together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. In him you are also being built together for God’s dwelling in the Spirit.”
Ephesians 2:21-22 CSB
The church is one building, one temple, a place where God dwells with humans, we worship God and others can come close to God! And all this with Jesus as the corner stone and being built off the proohets (vs. 20). It’s amazing that though the church is so scattered physically and culturally, I am united with believers in far flung places like paraguay with the goal of worshiping God!
a diverse body
“And if the ear should say, “Because I’m not an eye, I don’t belong to the body,” it is not for that reason any less a part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be?”
1 Corinthians 12:16-17 CSB
Likewise, Paul uses the more intimate description of the church being a body. But, while united, in this body, we all have different abilities which get used for different roles; like the eye is good at seeing, people in the church can be good at teaching or comforting people. This diversity in the church helps it function well. We each need each other, so let’s celebrate God for making us so different!
The necessity of weaker parts
“The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” Or again, the head can’t say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” On the contrary, those parts of the body that are weaker are indispensable.”
1 Corinthians 12:21-22 CSB
Whoever you are, if you are a member of a church, I hope it has accepted you well. Churches should be the most accepting community out there! This verse makes clear it should accept not only physically weak ones but also every kind of sinners. Jesus hung out with the scum of society on earth and even died for us, so as his followers, ourselves vile with sin, it shouldn’t be a question to accept spiritually weaker ones.
But what I love about that verse is how is days that those weaker ones of us, are indispensible! Take some time to think about the characters God has chosen for his plans: a nobody shepherd (David), a slave, rejected by even his brothers (Joseph), a tax collector (Matthew), the most hostile of enemies (Paul), a donkey (see numbers 22) and a personal favourite, a prostitute in a sinful world, the emblem of what God needed to punish (Rahab). All these people God chose for his plans and as they would have certainly failed without him, he was there for it all. The truth is, none of us are good enough for God, but the weakest of us are his pride so noone can say they aren’t essential or don’t belong in the church!
God has got a plan crazy in the eyes of many: to gather a church, a place for his worship, from the most diverse of places with the weakest of society. For you not yet in this church: Come! If you repent (being sorry to God) for how you are a sinner but believe that thanks to Jesus’ death, there is forgiveness, all your wrongdoings will be forgiven and you’ll be a part of this increadible community. For those who are in the church: Sadly, often we don’t have the most accepting reputation. I find it’s difficult not to be cliquey and judgemental. Since Christ has accepted people so weak and different, my challenge for mysekf and you over this coming week is to not only treat those different and/or weaker ones as indispensible, but moreover, invite someone different to church!
Thanks for reading! I hope I didn’t ramble on. Anyway, if you want to chat, I’d love to in the comments. Have a great week!