We have now learned that God’s design has given us all Spiritual Gifts, making us each unique, one from the other.
There are different kinds of gifts. …There are different ways to serve. But they all come from the same Lord. There are different ways the Spirit works. But the same God is working in all these ways and in all people. ~ I Corinthians 12:4-6
However, just as this divine diversity is not meant to be a division amongst us, unity is not meant to be conformity.
The eye can’t say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” The head can’t say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” … In that way, the parts of the body will not take sides. All of them will take care of one another. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it. If one part is honored, every part shares in its joy. ~ I Corinthians 12:20-21,25-26
I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment. ~1 Corinthians 1:10
Unity is not achieved by being all alike. Unity is achieved by having the same mission and goal to glorify God.
Complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. ~Philippians 2:2
Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind. ~1 Peter 3:8
And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. ~Colossians 3:14
We all start out in dependent relationships: needing and relying on our parents, family, and teachers for our life needs. We begin by being thoroughly unable to provide for ourselves, and we rely completely on the aid of others for support.
Culturally we then begin to equate strength and success with independence. This would mean we don’t need or rely on others for life needs, we are able to completely provide for ourselves, and we can operate free from the influence guidance, and control on others.
God however calls us to be interdependent and have interdependent relationships. This means we commit who we are and what we have so that we may serving others. We know what we can offer to others, and what we need from others. At that point, we are then able to enjoy the diverse gifts of all of God’s children operating in unison. We are now mutually dependent on each other.
Operating interdependently reflects God’s design for the church. Doing what we were created to do, all together, leads to a healthy, interdependent, and harmonious church.
Finally, brothers, rejoice. Aim for restoration, comfort one another, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you. ~2 Corinthians 13:11