Choosing Christian Unity Over Uniformity
Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone.
>1 Corinthians 12:4-6
Every so often when I preach about the necessity of unity in the church, people get confused and think Iâ€™m preaching about uniformity. But thereâ€™s a big difference between the two. You can tie a dogâ€™s tail together with a catâ€™s, and you have uniformity. But that doesnâ€™t necessarily mean you have unity.
So when churches get different people together and try to force everyone into the same mold, they can often end up in a situation where, with good motives, theyâ€™re trying to bring about unity by creating uniformity. They make everyone do the same thing, but no one is really fulfilled in the end.
Thatâ€™s because God hasnâ€™t called the church to be a disciple â€œassembly lineâ€ where every follower of Christ looks the same. Instead, He has allowed the body of Christ to be multi-faceted where each believer uses the gifts he or she has been given for the glory of God. Thatâ€™s unity!
So when you feel forced into the mold of what a â€œgood Christianâ€ looks like, remember to keep the main thing the main thing. Put your relationship with Christ first, and allow Him to express His life through you, however Heâ€™s created you!
CHOOSE UNITY OVER UNIFORMITY BY FULFILLING THE MINISTRY GOD HAS GIFTED YOU FOR.
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