Onward Christian Soldiers 6

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We are not divided, all one body we,
One in hope and doctrine, one in charity.

from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love. (Eph. 4:16)

Jesus brings His children together into His body, the church. He is uniting their flesh with their heart so they may grow together. He has given everyone a unique story, remarkable giftings, and amazing skillsets. God made each one special, like no one else, testifying to His individuality and His diversity. He is in the business of connecting individuals through kindness, love, and respect. Bones in the physical body connect by joints for movement. So are people in the Body of Christ connected to each other by the love of God uniquely expressed by each person, exquisite, fresh, and perfect, emanating from the heart of God to the believer, bestowed upon the brothers and sisters in the church. Joints consist of cartilage (reducing friction when moving), ligaments (tough, elastic tissue connecting bones and limiting movement), tendons (tough, connective tissue controlling movement and connecting muscles to bones), and bursas (cushioning the friction of a joint). The church consists of people creating friction with one another. Like bones in the body, the Body of Christ is limited by its ability to stretch and flex. As iron sharpens iron, so does one man sharpen the countenance of another (Prov. 27:17).

Consider our hand for a moment. The upper arm, forearm, elbow, wrist, and hand connect through joints. When functioning as designed, the hand becomes a vital part of our everyday life. It is useful for eating, drinking, holding a phone; functional in many aspects of our daily life. So it is with the Body of Christ. Each one of us has something to offer to those we are united with. Our Master Weaver is knitting us together in the Body of Christ. Like a pair of knitting needles, we tend to poke one another as He knits us together, into His tapestry.  Too often we think that every “thread” should look and act just like us.

Beware of the “My way or no way” mentality. Let God be as original with others as He is with you. Make room for their “thread” in the tapestry God has placed you in. Fix your hope for unity in God, submitting to Him, ever more flexible in His hands as He unites His Body of Christ in love and hope. What is your hope as an individual in the Lord’s tapestry? Today, what small step could you take to knit your unique story, giftings, and skillsets into His Body? Settle in your heart once and for all that “We are not divided, all one body we, one in hope and doctrine, one in charity.”