One of the hardest, but most beautiful, parts of being a family is that the members of our family are so different. If you think of your biological family, there are sure to be many differences between the family members. Things like age, personality, interests, talents differentiate each one of us in a family. Yet the family is made stronger because of these differences, as each of us contributes in our own way. So it is with God's family in the local church. In fact, this bond is so strong that Paul uses the human body as an example to drive this point home when he writes in 1 Corinthians 12:21, "the eye cannot say to the hand, "I have no need of you,", nor again the head to the feet, "I have no need of you".

It's a funny thought, but imagine the eye and the hand getting into an argument because the eye thinks the sense of sight is best and the hand thinks the sense of touch is best, and the two of them refusing to work together? It is absurd! Which, of course, is what Paul is getting at in using this comparison. Diverse body parts come together to form one body, and the diversity of many parts is the strength of a unified body. As we pray today, let’s thank God for His design in joining us together, and the richness and freedom found in being different together to the glory of God. Let’s also ask the Spirit to search our hearts and repent of ways we may not connected to the body as God intended, and/or ways we are more focused on our differences than our unity as one body composed of many parts.

-Tim Gillen