by Luke Kincaid
Unity is a topic that I have been passionate about for quite some time now. When it comes to the local church it is essential that its members are united for a common purpose while all sharing their unique gifts within the life of their local church:
12 The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ. 13 Some of us are Jews, some are Gentiles, some are slaves, and some are free. But we have all been baptized into one body by one Spirit, and we all share the same Spirit.
14 Yes, the body has many different parts, not just one part. 15 If the foot says, “I am not a part of the body because I am not a hand,” that does not make it any less a part of the body. 16 And if the ear says, “I am not part of the body because I am not an eye,” would that make it any less a part of the body? 17 If the whole body were an eye, how would you hear? Or if your whole body were an ear, how would you smell anything?
18 But our bodies have many parts, and God has put each part just where he wants it. 19 How strange a body would be if it had only one part! 20 Yes, there are many parts, but only one body. 21 The eye can never say to the hand, “I don’t need you.” The head can’t say to the feet, “I don’t need you.”
22 In fact, some parts of the body that seem weakest and least important are actually the most necessary. 23 And the parts we regard as less honorable are those we clothe with the greatest care. So we carefully protect those parts that should not be seen, 24 while the more honorable parts do not require this special care. So God has put the body together such that extra honor and care are given to those parts that have less dignity. 25 This makes for harmony among the members, so that all the members care for each other. 26 If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it, and if one part is honored, all the parts are glad.
1 Corinthians 12:12-26 NLT
While browsing YouTube the other day I came across a video by a local artist, The Kiffness, which helped me understand the concept of a body united in harmony in a most vivid way (which will be linked at the end of the blog). As you will see in the video, many different musicians from all around the world collaborated and added their own unique take to the original song. As each contributed part is added, you will hear how the song keeps getting better and better, as the musicians share their gifts and talents in only a way that they can.
The local church is similar in that each of us has a unique role to play. God has gifted us in different ways and when shared within the local church, the greater the harmony that is achieved, and the more we can accomplish together as we experience the power of the harmony of a united body.