Strength for Today Diversity: God's Design
1 Corinthians 12: 4-6
Published on December 31, 2018
Author: Plez Lovelady, PhD
God Designed Us to Complete Each Other: 1 Corinthians 12:4-6
In my travels around the country, I enjoy watching people. One of my favorite places to people watch is the international airport.
I am amazed at God's creation of a diverse human race:
· Different skin color
· Varied heights
· Multiple languages
No matter the internal or external differences that exist among us, we are all human beings, with emotional, spiritual and physiological similar nature. However, on any given day, societal factors separates us. As believers, we need to remember the following two principles about God's creation:
There is so much more that connects us to one another than that which separates. God’s Word is a mirror, which provides us with a perception of what we can see to help us understand that which we can’t see.
Each part of the human body is unique and fills a special role. Each member of the human race, no matter the ethnic group, is unique and fills a special role in God's infinite plan.
As you consider the human body and its different functions, it is easy to see our interconnectedness.
God placed us together to complete each other and not compete with each other. The Apostle Paul explains the human tendency to deny the truth about individuality. For example, he said, “If the foot should say, 'Because I am not a hand, I am not of the body; is it not of the body? 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” – vv. 15-16?
We have all been given varied gifts, and work to do. These gifts we have received came from the same God. Therefore, that which separates us is much less than He who connects us.
As we deal with the differences in our common humanity, let us recognize that the same God who made us all connects us to a source that is greater than he who separates us – 1 John 4:4.
“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” -. 1 Corinthians 12:12.