We are one body in Christ! Have you ever wondered why there are so many different dominations of Christianity? We all serve the same God, follow the same Holy Bible and are all aiming to make Heaven, yet it seems like we are all doing different things and following different principles.
In the eyes of God, we are all one. God doesn’t see different dominations. He doesn’t identify us as Pentecostal, Methodist, Catholic and so on; He just sees us as His children and part of one body. Therefore, we need to start seeing each other as just the same. When the Bible talks about the body of Christ, the only specification or differences mentioned is that we all have a role to play, which is different depending on your calling. Some are called as pastors, some prophets, some teachers, etc. (1 Corinthians 12: 27-28) but no one position is higher than the other, just like no one church or domination is better than another (Romans 12:3). While the Bible tells us to be aware of false doctrines, most the time we cannot tell the difference between false doctrines and the doctrine of God, because we are too busy competing with one another. We end up seeing anything outside of what we have been taught as a false doctrine.
“5There are different kinds of service, but we serve the same Lord. 6 God works in different ways, but it is the same God who does the work in all of us. 7A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other.” ~ 1 Corinthians 12:5-7 (NLT)
God has given us different gifts to help each other, but how can we be of use to each other and to God, if we are divided?
Something that I have found in some cultures and churches is that some people believe that the way they serve God, and the way they preach and do what they do is the right way and the only way to do things. They believe that if you are not following their principles and living your life identical to theirs, then you are somehow not a ‘real Christian’. No one has a monopoly on the understanding of the word of God because the word of God is just that: God’s word. Just because someone else has a different understanding of the word of God, doesn’t make then any less of a Christian than you.
“15 If the foot says, “I am not a part of the body because I am not a hand,” that does not make it any less a part of the body. 16 And if the ear says, “I am not part of the body because I am not an eye,” would that make it any less a part of the body? 17 If the whole body were an eye, how would you hear? Or if your whole body were an ear, how would you smell anything?” ~ 1 Corinthians 12: 15-17 (NLT)
We are all uniquely made by Christ, so we have no right to condemn others just because they may do things differently. We serve God, not each other, so do not expect someone to comply with your standards just because you serve God as well.
Some people are disillusioned with Christianity and are discouraged from going to church because of the way they have been treated in the past. They’ve been made to feel like an outsider and not part of the body. However, the truth is that everyone is needed in the body of Christ because everyone has been blessed with a gift or talent, which needs to be in use. The body of Christ needs you!
“4 Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, 5 so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other.6 In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So, if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you.” – Romans 12:4-6 (NLT)
We need to start loving each other and seeing Christ in each other more so we can be united as a single body. There is so much that Christ has called us to do, that we would be unable to do if we refuse to help each other. This world is not the way God wanted it to be and so many people are living lives God has not called them to live. There is so much pain and sorrow, and God has called us to help. So many people are so quick to look at the evil in this world and blame God, saying things like ‘well why didn’t He stop it if He is all powerful?’. God has empowered us to make the change. God has empowered us to be a shining light. God has empowered us to be the miracle that the world is waiting is waiting to see. He may physically not come down to solve the world’s problems but that is what He the body of Christ for. He uses us as his arms and legs, which means that we need to cooperate with each other to reach out to the homeless and the broken hearted and help them. How can we achieve all of this if we do not work together? We are so content in our communities and in the four walls of the church, that sometimes we forget about God’s greater purpose. God did not show you love, mercy and forgiveness for you to keep it all to yourself. He showed it to you because He loves you and wants you to show it to other people. By God revealing Himself to you, He does it in hope that you will share Him with others. We need to let go of our prejudices and pre-conceptions of different denominations and just learn to love. If you are truly a child of God, then you are called to love, because God is love.
“But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love” ~ John 4:8 (NLT)
Let love reunite the body of Christ and let us work together to achieve our Father’s aim.
Stay Blessed x