that they may be one
I Corinthians 12:12 For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.
13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.
14 For the body is not one member, but many.
15 If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?
16 And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?
17 If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling?
18 But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.
19 And if they were all one member, where were the body?
20 But now are they many members, yet but one body.
21 And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you.
22 Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary:
23 And those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness.
24 For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked.
25 That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another.
26 And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.
27 Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.
In regards to the body of Christ, each church or church member will not function exactly the same.
Some may focus on missions.
Some may focus on local food banks and the homeless.
Some may focus on children’s church.
And likewise, various members within a church or within various churches might have different calls or focuses.
One of the callings of the church is the gift of “helps” and that can cover a wide variety of topics…anything from helping out in Sunday school to weeding a flower bed or sweeping a floor.
The world focuses on diversity.
Jesus focused on unity.;
John 17:21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
Unity does not mean being exactly the same. The human body is made of many different parts. The eye, for example, does not look or function like the hand or a heart. However, those different parts work in unity.
It is important to recognize and allow various members of the body of Christ within various churches to fulfill their particular calls, without trying to either imitate or criticize. If the lungs criticized the heart, for example, there would be a problem in the body functioning as a whole.
One of the tactics of the world, of the atheistic communists to gain power, is to use divide-and-conquer techniques. They try to find a division and focus on weakness and aggravate that flaw and thus weaken the opposition.
So it is necessary to remember to stay unified as one body overall, even if individual tasks are different.
When the church falls into focusing on differences it can be in danger of being manipulated by communists.
Matthew 10:16 Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.
You need a Bible-based church that preaches the gospel of Jesus Christ.
II Corinthians 2:11 Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.
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