Unity and Diversity One Body
Dr. Sheena Tranter emphasised the importance of unity in the diversity that we have in the body of Jesus Christ. Our diversity is not a weakness but rather a godly strength as pointed out by 1 Corinthians 12:12-17.
As a body, we have many members but each member is equally important and needed in the body no matter how small it may seem. As a trauma specialist, Dr Sheena has witnessed the importance of every member of the body to function effectively. A lone arm or leg that has been dismembered from the body can not operate on its own. It becomes useless and causes a lot of trauma to the body as it is broken off. Having witnessed this, Dr. Sheena observed that it also takes a lot of time to mend or restore broken limbs. The thing for us to do is to consider the unity seriously so that we are not faced with the prospect of dismembered bodies or traumatised bodies.
The eye can not say to the head, I don’t need you. The hand can not say the same to the body. The church of Jesus Christ operates like a human body and it is imperative to understand that every believer has a part to play. Jesus dedicated a lot of time to pray for this unity in John 17:20-21 “…I pray that they all may be one.” We are all, diverse as we are expected to be one for the world to see the power of God through the church. Verse 22 says we should be one just as the Father and Jesus are one. Jesus had the confidence to say that those who had seen him had seen the Father. That is how crucial our unity is.
A dismembered body will not be effective. Imagine a body without a spleen, a liver, teeth or the tongue? It will not function effectively. Ephesians 1:3 says we must endeavour to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace as there is one body and one Spirit. The whole body is joined and knit together in Christ and every part or joint should supply to the biddy for its effective working. Our unity in the church is crucial for the effectiveness and growth of the church.
As we appreciate one another from different ethnic backgrounds, appreciating different dress and outfits, different languages and all, God still unites us as one In spiritual matters where it matters the most. There is neither Jew nor Greek, Roman or Barbarian because the church is built on the person of Jesus Christ after which we deny or die to ourselves to be born again by the spirit to make us a new creation that is led by the spirit.