Have you ever seen an orchestra play? There are so many different instruments, all working together to create (hopefully!) a beautiful sound. So many factors contribute to the end result: Someone needs to compose the music; each musician needs to know how to play their instrument; they all need to know the music; they need to follow the conductor's instructions the whole way through the piece. And they need to practice, practice, practice separately and together...
That's what life is like for Jesus followers, too. Jesus is the author (the composer) of our faith. By His sacrifice we are given abundant life. Just as an orchestra must continually watch their conductor throughout a performance, so “we fasten our gaze onto Jesus who birthed faith within us and who leads us forward into faith’s perfection”. (Hebrews 12:2) This is not just an individual faith, but one we share, where the sum of the parts is greater than the parts on their own.
Jesus' score, or music, is love – His command is to love one another the way He loved us. If we deviate from the score, we create disharmony. Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work. (Ephesians 4:15-16)
It is Jesus who decides 'who is who' in His body – He assigns the gifts, He calls us to use them, in His ways, in His timing, always in the context of love. Your place in the body of Christ will only make full sense within the context of the whole, just as any instrument does in a symphony. And what great joy there is when all works together the way it is designed!
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