Carbon Copy - Thursday, January 24th 2013

1 Corinthians 12:15-16

"If the foot should say, "Because I am not a hand, I am not of the body," is it therefore not of the body? And if the ear should say, "Because I am not an eye, I am not of the body," is it therefore not of the body?"
NKJV

If you've been alive for any amount of time, you've probably witnessed the strange things people will do to be 'unique'. Between hairstyles, clothes or body art, people want to be noticed for their differences. Because of this attitude, many people claim that the church leads to nothing but the same old same old. Well friend, I'm here to tell you that any church that is living biblically will not be a factory of sameness.

In fact, God's Word describes the body of Christ as different people with unique talents and abilities coming together with a single purpose in mind. Just as God created the vast array of flowers that brighten our world, He has created each and every one of us with special gifts that can be used for His glory. What a beautiful picture of unity with diversity. So instead of seeking out differences to hold against each other, let us use our differences in an effort to build God's Kingdom. As the world looks on and sees us walk in loving unity, they will wonder how, and we can simply say, "Jesus."

Life Lesson: Christian unity does not mean uniformity or "sameness".

Dear God,
Thank You for the special gifts and abilities You have given to me. Father, I pray that You give me and my church a heart of unity. Help us to use our differences for Your Kingdom and not to allow the enemy to cause division. May my heart and mind be set on You and the Gospel. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Living to tell what He died to say,
Pastor David McGee
Cross the Bridge
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