Day 10: 40 Days of Grace
Day 10: Authentic Community
For the body does not consist of one member but of many. But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. If all were a single member, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, yet one body.
~1 Corinthians 12:14, 18-20
The human body is a beautiful analogy for how the Body of Believers should function. It points to God’s creativity and intentionality in designing each unique part. There’s no frivolous feature. It’s a brilliant design. Exact. Multiple parts, each shaped differently with distinct roles—connected, working together, and influencing what the others receive, process, and transmit. As you pause to consider what your unique part is in the Body of Christ, rejoice in God’s design for unity in diversity.
- Consider the ways you insulate yourself through holding on to what’s familiar. How do you isolate yourself from people who look, live, or think differently from you?
- When you interact with those who are different, do you gravitate to a posture of learning or teaching/converting?
- What are some practical ways you could welcome God-designed diversity into your life and into the Body at church?
Father of Creation, enlarge our wonder at your creativity. Help us not to be fearful of people, thoughts, and things that are different from us. But ignite in us, Lord, a healthy curiosity to seek you in the distinct features of the works of your hands. Disturb our comforts when we enclose ourselves with only the familiar, and help us to welcome and embrace the beauty of your diverse designs so that we may have a fuller appreciation and understanding of who you are. For Christ’s sake, Amen.