I had an interesting occurrence whilst reading this particular chapter, one of the several times that I’ve read it and what never ceases to amaze me is you can read something and it speaks to you one way and then you read it another time and it’s speak to you in another way. Could that be called that the “multifaceted wisdom of God” or Wayne’s gift of writing? I think it’s a blend of both, which will fire me straight into this.
God uses our unity to shine Himself through to each of us and in doing so builds His church…
It was as Wayne mentions this quote below here…and what this moment really brought home was the fact of how much we each need each other’s differing ways, thinking and gifts.
It was shortly after reading Jesus’s prayer in John 17 this is said…
It’s not because we’ve read the same books or memorized the same catechism, but because we are coming to know the same Father and learning to trust him enough to lose our own agenda and embrace his. The multifaceted wisdom of God is spread through the entire body, and only as we learn to live in love with one another will we be able to see the fruits of it. No one sees completely. No one has all the answers. Unity is not uniformity; it’s harmony. As God transforms us he takes unique expression in each of our personalities and stories. As he brings diverse people together we all get a fuller view of God and what he is like than any of us would see alone. Like a symphony, it is the harmonizing blend of our uniqueness wrapping around his heart and purpose. As we all are tuning to his frequency we will be in tune with one another and the agreement and collaborations it produces can have a profound impact in the world. This is the dance of growing unity that allows us to reflect one heart, one purpose, and one mind.
What totally amazing words!! As I read and re-read them and sat chewing them, mulling them, and reading them again. I experienced a number of differing emotions from tears to deep sadness, as I am still finding my way into his church, to amazing joy as the Spirit flowed trust into my inner self, IT IS HIS TO DO kept ringing away and so it is…
I did have a brief thought about, could it be a major reason to why, amongst the persecution of the early church we have that famous much used much misinterpreted scripture in our time?
Hebrews 10 25… do not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing
During this time Paul’s mention of one body working in harmony together in 1 Corinthians 12 popped into my mind, I’ve used the Message here for a little fun and to save you going to look it up…
14-18 I want you to think about how all this makes you more significant, not less. A body isn’t just a single part blown up into something huge. It’s all the different-but-similar parts arranged and functioning together. If Foot said, “I’m not elegant like Hand, embellished with rings; I guess I don’t belong to this body,” would that make it so? If Ear said, “I’m not beautiful like Eye, limpid and expressive; I don’t deserve a place on the head,” would you want to remove it from the body? If the body was all eye, how could it hear? If all ear, how could it smell? As it is, we see that God has carefully placed each part of the body right where he wanted it.
19-24 But I also want you to think about how this keeps your significance from getting blown up into self-importance. For no matter how significant you are, it is only because of what you are a part of. An enormous eye or a gigantic hand wouldn’t be a body, but a monster. What we have is one body with many parts, each its proper size and in its proper place. No part is important on its own. Can you imagine Eye telling Hand, “Get lost; I don’t need you”? Or, Head telling Foot, “You’re fired; your job has been phased out”? As a matter of fact, in practice it works the other way—the “lower” the part, the more basic, and therefore necessary. You can live without an eye, for instance, but not without a stomach. When it’s a part of your own body you are concerned with, it makes no difference whether the part is visible or clothed, higher or lower. You give it dignity and honor just as it is, without comparisons. If anything, you have more concern for the lower parts than the higher. If you had to choose, wouldn’t you prefer good digestion to full-bodied hair?
25-26 The way God designed our bodies is a model for understanding our lives together as a church: every part dependent on every other part, the parts we mention and the parts we don’t, the parts we see and the parts we don’t. If one part hurts, every other part is involved in the hurt, and in the healing. If one part flourishes, every other part enters into the exuberance.
I love this Message version, I see Father with a big smile talking to me saying, imagine your hand trying to pick up that cuppa tea without your eye and the rest of your brain etcetera telling it where it is and all the differing parts it takes in your body to simply move your hand to pick up the tea cup. ( haha… us English do love our tea, what would we do without it… )
from Colnbrook near Heathrow UK.