In American football teams there is one player who looks quite different from the others. Only when it comes time to make a field goal, does this player run onto the field. While the kicker or punter may wear the same uniform as a defensive lineman, he is generally smaller in height and weight. His job is not to defend the line, but to successfully kick a ball between the goal markers. Each player on the team has a unique ability and responsibility that is crucial to the team’s success.
Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. 1 Corinthians 12:27
In 1 Corinthians 12, Paul explains how diversity within the body of Christ brings us together. Every believer deserves a seat at God’s table. Unfortunately, we are not immune to being tempted by pride and a sense of superiority over others. But Paul argues against this divisive attitude, insisting that everyone is important and needed (v. 21–23). Because God sees immeasurable value in everyone (v. 24), so should we. Even though people may be different than us, their worth goes much farther than their outward appearance or their history.
Paul then gets immensely practical and clear that “there should be no division in the body,” and everyone should have “equal concern for each other” (v. 25). In other words, Christians ought to care for one another as part of the same body. Every part is connected, in both good times and bad (v. 26). Paul says in Romans 12:15, “Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.” By doing life together, in joy and in pain, we become united with one another. This is Paul’s desire for the Corinthian church, and it ought to be the desire for your church as well.
Help unify your church by making sure everyone has an opportunity to be heard and a place to sit at the table. As you gather, seek out those who might not usually take an active role. Let them know they are valued!