God's Creative Beauty - Unity Through Diversity

Kevin Ibanez

"Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ.  For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body - whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free - and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.  Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many."  I Corinthians 12:12-13

Recently, I was introduced to the world of "Curly Willow, Monkey Tail, and Billy Balls."  What are these things?  They are flowers!

My wife recently started a floral business and boy have I gotten an education on flowers, floral arrangements and the like.  I had no idea how many different flowers existed and how in this great diversity of flowers and plants, there can be a unity.  When we purchase the flowers, they come in bunches.  They are not yet prepared, and they are unarranged.  Though these flowers are pretty, they are not that impressive.  But, after they are prepared, trimmed, and then carefully arranged by my wife, they are a work of art.  She carefully takes very different flowers and puts them into beautiful bouquets, arrangements and the like.  Through the diversity, and then unity of their arrangements, great beauty comes forth.

It's the same in the church.  God takes very different people, with different gifts, skills, backgrounds, and lives and then after preparing, trimming, and arranging us, He makes a beautiful arrangement of our lives.

As we live, love, and serve Him and the community that He has placed us in, we get to reflect the creative artistry of God, the Master Craftsman.  We get to be His artistic handiwork, a diverse body, unified as we serve and love our God and our community.

In Ephesians 2:10, we are called "God's workmanship" - other translations say "His masterpiece".  The verse goes on to say that "we were created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do."

So, as we live our lives, remember that God created you uniquely and that you matter to God, to our church, and to the communities that God has placed us in.  We are called to be the hands and feet of our Lord as we do "good works" in Jesus' name.

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