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So in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. Romans 12:5 NIV

A colony of honeybees includes thousands of individuals, yet they work together in unison for the good of all. This function is known as a hive mind and helps them determine where to build their nest and how to respond to threats. Each colony serves as a democracy for the body.

This like-mindedness can be applied to the one body of Christ. In Paul's time, there were the Jewish followers–including the original twelve disciples–and the new Gentile converts. Each came from very different backgrounds, but now all are united in salvation by Jesus Christ. However, though joined in belief, they weren't yet joined. They hadn't yet learned to work in union for the good of the body.

Two thousand years later, we continue to struggle with being one body. We frequently allow our differences, old and new, to create schisms that further separate us from our likeness. Unlike the honeybees, we desire individuality over unity. However, we are not without hope. As we willingly work together in the mission and ministry of Christ, regardless of our denominations and doctrine, we grow closer to becoming that one body.

God, we give you thanks for Jesus Christ, who unites us. Help us to join with all Christians to become your one true body. In Christ's name, we pray. Amen.


Pastor Tim

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