Diversity

“There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. – And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all.” 1 Corinthians 12:4,6-7

People are funny creatures. We’re always wanting what’s bad for us.

We like to eat and drink the wrong things. Very few of us really prefer wholesome healthy food over junk food. And given a choice most of us would also be picking up a soda or a glass of punch instead of a glass of water even though we’ve all been taught that water is much better for us.

And this is just one of many examples that could be sited to support the assertion that we’re always wanting what’s bad for us. Our focus text, taken from 1 Corinthians 12, brings to light another example. Even though human beings need diversity, if we are to be healthy and strong, we still seem to prefer uniformity. If you think about it, I think you’ll see that I’m right.

But the fact that God created us with the capacity for such great diversity tells us that we need lots of differentness if we’re going to have healthy vibrant societies whether they’re cities, families or churches.

It’s understandable that we would prefer uniformity. It’s easier to understand and be comfortable with people and the things they do if they’re like us. And because we’ve placed such a high value on our comfort it makes since that we would also make a great deal of effort to keep things the same.

But God is working through a great diversity of people, and activities, and gifts; and our focus text tells us he’s doing this for the “profit of all.” Since this is God’s way of working it must follow that, if we’re going to be healthy both individually and as a church, we need to become much more accepting of the diversity God is giving. It’s time we learned to rejoice in the differentness the Holy Spirit brings.

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