“For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us.”
– Romans 12:4-6
We need only to look at the many different kinds of plants, animals, and people in Creation to understand that we serve a God who loves variety. He is not a one-size-fits-all kind of Lord, and while He asks us to uphold certain absolute truths, the manner in which we reflect His glory to the world is as special as we are. Our Savior delights in our distinct personalities, and He’s given us all abilities and talents that are unique to us. As His children, we each have a part to play in bringing His Kingdom to earth, and our role is unlike anyone else’s. Knowing this, it’s imperative that we lead with divine diversity in mind. While many organizational cultures, especially in the church, seem to esteem certain personalities, traits, or gifts more than others, the reality is that we all need each other. There is much to learn from those who don’t look and think the way that we do, and when we force ourselves to meet in the middle and welcome differing perspectives, we grow stronger. While we shouldn’t waver from the authority of Scripture, we do right to reject a formulaic approach to people, all of whom are uniquely fingerprinted and divinely purposed by their Maker to do beautiful things.
My friend, the family of God is more diverse than you can fathom, and the Body of Christ needs every part to function well. While you may naturally gravitate to people who are more like you, because you are Jesus’ ambassador, you can lovingly embrace those who make you the most uncomfortable. Since your Savior ate with tax collectors and sinners, He invites you to lead in His Name by welcoming differences and creating a safe space for everyone’s heart. As one who is secure in your calling, learn from the Potter who sculpts masterpieces, and study His diverse portfolio as painted on the canvas of each life He has fashioned.
Jesus, I love the diversity of your family, and I pray for a heart that leads by welcoming and learning from it.
Do you gravitate to those who are different? Why or why not?
If you’re unable to attend your local church or need some additional weekly inspiration, be sure to tune into Hour of Power every Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. PT on TBN or watch online at hourofpower.org/episode.