Unity in Difference

Fall is my favorite season. I love how the weather cools off and I especially love the leaves changing colors. My favorite colors can all be in the reds and oranges and yellows that the leaves change to. There are so many beautiful scenes that are made even better by the added colors from the trees. The issue though is that you need all of the different trees to give you the full spectrum of fall.

You need all of the trees to give you all of the colors that come with this season, but you also need all of the talents of people to give you the full spectrum of the church. Paul discusses this when he talks about talents in 1 Corinthians 12. Just as Fall would not look the same without the reds, greens, oranges, yellows, and browns, the church would not look the same without preachers, encouragers, workers, and singers. How boring would it be for every tree to just turn yellow in the Fall? No one would be as excited to see the beauty of the season if it were not for all of the different colors. Paul said that there is one body, but many parts (1 Cor. 12:12), and the body consists of many members (12:14).

An issue that we will run into though is what if I do not like the color of leaves that I produce? What if my tree makes yellow leaves when I really want to be red?  Paul discusses this in this passage as well. “(15) If the foot should say, ‘Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,’ that would not make it any less a part of the body… 19 If all were a single member, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many parts, yet one body.” We have to have all of these things to make up the one body and we have to have all of the colors to make Fall. We need to find courage in the fact that we get to be a part of this beautiful scene.

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