One of a Kind
|Though all of us have been created in God’s image, you and I and all of us are unique—something that amazes me. At the same time the Bible tells us that in spite of our uniqueness we all have something in common that is truly special:
Think of it this way: Just as the thirty trillion cells of our bodies are a way of expressing who we are as individuals, believers in community reflect and reveal God in a fuller sense.
In Christ we are sharing in God’s divine nature through the Holy Spirit who dwells within us. This reality is consistent with Paul’s description of the church:
But speaking the truth in love, let us grow in every way into him who is the head—Christ. From him the whole body, fitted and knit together by every supporting ligament, promotes the growth of the body for building up itself in love by the proper working of each individual part (Ephesians 4:15-16)
The fact that God has chosen to reveal himself in this way should cause us to deeply appreciate the privilege and responsibility that comes with our mutual calling in Christ. Notice how I have chosen to express this marvelous truth in Principle #9 in Ephesians:
To become mature in Christ as local communities of faith, we must all function as members of one another.
The main reason I’ve used the word “must” in this principle is to highlight the importance of representing God in the way we minister to each other. Likewise it’s important to recognize that your uniqueness and mine are reflections of God’s design and love for us as individuals.