Diversity… in the Biblical Sense

BibleIt struck me again this morning how God calls and uses people from different backgrounds with different gifts and very different perspectives, all for His glory.

Read just the first few verse of each of the four gospels, for example. It is a lesson in God’s diversity. Matthew begins with Jesus’ genealogy, listing His ancestry all the way back to Abraham. Mark starts off just before Jesus’ ministry began by talking about the ministry of John the Baptist – “the voice of one crying in the wilderness.” Luke begins his narrative by telling us he did thorough research before writing, and then talks about the birth of John the Baptist, some thirty years before the beginning of Mark’s story. Finally, John’s opening comments take us all the way back to the beginning of time: “In the beginning was the Word.”

The gospel writers approached the exact same subject from radically different perspectives, yet each helps us to see our Savior in a bit different light.

The Lord does not use a cookie cutter model for all of His children. We are each unique. We have different personalities and ways of looking at situations.

“For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ” (1 Corinthians 12:12).

It is likely that you know people in the Body who are very different from you. Because of those differences you may have difficulty relating to that person. It’s okay. That person is still your brother or sister in the Lord.

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