Today’s Scripture: 1 Corinthians 12:27; Ephesians 4:16
Members of the American Psychological Association performed a study on how members of the various sections of eleven major symphony orchestras perceived each other.
- The percussionists (drummers) were viewed as insensitive, unintelligent, and hard-of-hearing, yet fun-loving.
- String players (violins) were seen as arrogant, stuffy, and unathletic.
- The brass players (trumpets) were described as “loud.”
- Woodwind players (flutes) seemed to be held in the highest esteem, described as quiet and meticulous, though a bit egotistical.
With such widely divergent personalities and perceptions, how could an orchestra ever come together to make such wonderful music? The answer is simple: Regardless of how those musicians view each other, they submit their feelings and biases to the leadership of the conductor. Under his guidance, he weaves the diversity together by bringing out the best in each member so, when they combine their differences, they look and sound their best.
The body of Christ is filled with variety and diversity. Alone, we aren’t too impressive or effective. But the Lord, Who has placed each member where He wants it, knows how to bring out our best. Then, as we submit to His leadership, we are knitted together until the entire body is complete and fully functioning.
It’s not important how we combine our differences, as long as we unite. Together we are bigger than one small segment. Let’s know our part and do our part so the world can enjoy a beautiful symphony emanating from the heart of the Body of Christ.
- What part can you play to intentionally unite the diversity in the body of Christ?
- How will your relationship with the Lord be different after this week’s quest?
Please post your insights, thoughts, and comments.