We are living in such a time that everyone seems divided. We all have differences of opinions, political views, beliefs, and agendas. Especially in the United States, we are experiencing a heavy time of division in our country. At a time of such division, how can we exemplify unity?
In our Western world, we are very individualistic. We’re expected to keep to ourselves, make it by ourselves, and if we fail, we’ve failed ourselves. We promote and applaud independence, because it is a sign of maturity, rather than pulling together to promote collectivism. Independence may seem like a good idea, but that’s not how God called us to live. As kingdom citizens, we are called to be interdependent. Being interdependent doesn’t mean we enable slothful behavior at the expense of someone else, but we each know our distinctive differences while depending on the help of others to assist us where we may be weak.
Romans 12:5 says, “so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.” We each have many functions that contribute to the health of body. In our own physical bodies, when everything is working properly, we are healthy and when something doesn’t work properly, it effects the whole body, making it sick. The same goes for the body of Christ. We each have different functions and when everyone is in their rightful place, it is healthy.
It’s a great lesson in learning collective impact when we are so used to a world of competition. This idea is counter to culture that says there is only room for one person at the top, but when we come together in unity for the greater purpose, we all succeed together. This is how we establish our identity. Collective identity gives personal identity a greater meaning. This doesn’t just apply to the church, but with any great movement. When everyone is working together for the greater goal without competition and discord, the movement thrives. So how do we promote unity?
- Contribute your gifts to the greater body of Christ.
- Acknowledge the impact others make to the organization.
- Get to know others who know things you don’t.
- Staff your weaknesses in your relationships, both business and personal.
We must realize the strength in our diversity. We are not all the same person. We have our unique differences and we need them! Diversity creates unity which produces power. We need it to function. God functions in unity.
When we appreciate each other’s differences, there is no competition. We work together and we appreciate each other. Discover your distinctive difference. What have you mastered? Contribute your gifts freely to something greater than yourself. In discovering this, connect with others. Get to know someone who knows something you don’t. Let’s staff our weaknesses so there are no missing pieces.