As long as there are two people left on planet earth, no matter who they are, they’re going to be different.
I’m often told how much my son looks like me. Looking back at photographs of the two of us, there are many similarities. One of my favorite pictures is of a 1-year old Daniel and I sitting on the couch eating pickles: same facial expression, same hairline, same everything … but he’s still very different from me.
We sometimes consider our differences as weaknesses. It’s why we want the same new technology, teens demand the same style of basketball shorts, and we’re shamed into group-think.
But consider your body. Your ear is important. So is each finger, toe, and nerve ending. Even the parts of our bodies that medical science used to say have no valuable function, like the appendix, we now know are vitally important to a healthy life.
Being different is a strength rather than a weakness when we are found in Jesus. Being free to possess and share a different opinion, gift, function, or skill is an advantage when we’re using those differences for the good of the whole. We all need each other. We need the strengths that only others can bring to our own weaknesses.
The body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body … (First Corinthians 12:12).
Jesus brings different people together in His body for His praise, glory, and service.