Scripture: 1 Corinthians 12:12-27
For starters, here's a 20-minute clip with a challenging perspective that brought up so many topical ideas, not the least of which was how wonderful it is to serve a God who values diversity - who gives unique experiences, skill sets, passions, and lives to each of us.
How beautiful to find this reflected in the compiled chapters of the Bible and the stories of people touched by the power of Jesus. Our church did a study on the book of John in the Gospels for the very reason that it offers a different account of Jesus than the other three Gospels. On mean's story told from four perspectives. Paul's letters to different churches suggest that each one had its own issues to face and struggles to work through. At the individual level he even suggests in this passage that each person has a role to fill in the Body of Christ and certainly the perspective of the leg is going to be much different than the perspective of the nose.
Sometimes I forget that Christians come from different denominational traditions and are wired to value different aspects of christian living. This doesn't make one group (or person) better than another; rather it helps to shape multiple perspectives on the impact of Christ around the world. Different stories about what it means to be a Christian.
I used to bemoan the fact that my story that launched my spiritual journey seemed rather ordinary in comparison to some of the visiting guests at church - people who came from lives of drugs and desperation or people who decided to follow Christ at great personal loss. I was a white girl in middle-class suburbia who figured out at a young age that she wasn't God and needed Jesus to bridge the gap between not-God and God. But in those differences is the beauty of Christ - the stories fill a picture more colorful and vivid than any one person could make it. The bride of Christ is more beautiful because of the people and perspectives who fill the church.