Saturday, March 04, 2006

Ezekiel 39:21-29; Psalms 42, 43; Philippians 4:10-20; John 17:20-26

In my opinion, the best thing about unity in Christ is that none of us have to be perfect.

Christ speaks of how he is in us and the Father is in him so that we all may be brought into perfect unity. One of my friends’ big criticisms of Christianity is that it does not allow for uniqueness; after all, if we are all one, how can we really be that different?

But I say, friends, that our unity in Christ truly allows us to be different. If we all join together, then we can all complement each other. Our flaws will be offset by another’s strengths, and our strengths will offset another’s flaws. Those things that we struggle with in our lives will be a specialty of another person. In unity we can all work together to help each other improve our spiritual lives and our faith, and we can conquer anything. That is one of the reasons fellowship is so important within the Church. No one else can tell you when you’re wrong better than a loving, concerned friend who looks to Christ for all things.

And I also believe that our unity in Christ allows us all to be different in order to form a truly beautiful whole. The unity of Christ is not made up of carbon-copy Christians. There are gothic Christians, punk Christians, preppy Christians, and jock Christians. There are Christians who are entranced by danger and risk, and there are others who just like to play it safe. There are morning Christians, and there are night Christians. There are Christians of every shape, size, and color, with every different interest you could think of. Our heavenly Father made us unique and different so that we may thrive in him according to our own talents and loves in life, so that each of us may be a crucial, irreplaceable part of the unity of Christ.

And that is one of the things that I love about Christianity, because I don’t know about you, friends, but I certainly do enjoy being a bit peculiar.

Christine Merola

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