Diversity in Oneness - thank God we are not all the same
Sometimes we’re quick to compare ourselves to others, especially as women. We tend to measure ourselves against other women’s shapes, accomplishments, talents, cooking skills, mothering skills etc.
Comparison is many times the norm for most women, but it’s a trap. I was rudely awakened a few years ago when I read James 3.
For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there.
This scripture opened my eyes to the destruction and evil hidden in envy. Envy is the fruit of comparison. Some translations say ‘where envy and strife exist’. In my understanding that was a firm underscore of comparison. It was as if a light dawned on why so many women I knew felt confused, including me. So my journey started, to uproot the evil of comparison from my soul- ‘bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.’
(2 Cor 10v5).
The results were more peace and freedom. In this ongoing journey- I started realising that there had to be a better way. It was one thing to identify wrong and root it out, but what was the better way? What was God's original intended plan for us?
1 Corinthians 12:4-7
There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all:
In these verses God makes it very clear that diversity is actually a God-plan. Within the diversity, the Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit remain the same. The partnership remains, even if we do things differently. Being members of one body, but with different parts to play and different roles, is God’s design.
1 Corinthians 12:12
For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ.
1 Corinthians 12:18-19
But now God has set the members, each one of them, in the body just as He pleased. And if they were all one member, where would the body be?
The whole of 1 Corinthians 12 regarding the body and the parts thereof, is liberating to read! We can’t all be a hand or a foot! Neither all the mouth nor finger! The head is Jesus and He gives the instructions, but we need each other, and the partnering and working together of the body is what makes it so profound. Comparison is ridiculous! It’s like the hand saying it needs to function as the foot because the foot is ‘better’. I love where God says in that same part of 1 Cor 12 that the weakest parts should get the most honour. Why does He say that? Because we need to work together and cover each other.
Years ago I was part of an army program. We were enlisted for a year and part of the training was vigorous physical exercise. One thing we learnt was that our platoon was only as strong and efficient as the weakest member. The rest can perform excellently, but we were graded as a whole not as individuals. We had to learn to work together, to cover one another’s weaknesses. I remember helping another girl by pulling her up a steep hill in rain. She was taller and bigger than me, but leaving her behind was not an option. We had to do it together. She struggled with tremendous pain as she had a bad leg injury, but she also pushed through and gave it her all.
Ladies, we are in this together! We each have a role to play. We are a whole body if we partner and cover each other with honour, not comparison. If we compare we actually weaken our effectiveness in the Kingdom, always striving to be like someone else.
So, enjoy the body-part you are - even if you feel like the area behind the ear - unseen! God put you in that place and made you to be who you are - uniquely loved by Him! He needs you to be that which He made you to be. Ask God today what He made you to be!
‘God made me fast. And when run, I feel His pleasure’ are the profound, oft-quoted words of Eric Liddell the Scottish Olympic Gold Medallist runner for Britain (from the classic film ‘Chariots of Fire’). He had a rapid sprint and was unparalleled in many athletic events, often called ‘The flying Scotsman’. He would reach a place in every sprint where he threw back his head, opened his mouth and his speed would greatly increase. His testimony is of a man that partnered with what God gave him to do, and how God made him. He embraced it and experienced God’s pleasure! He was a man of strong conviction and died at 43 at the Weihsein Internment Camp in China as a missionary. His legacy has inspired many over the years.
Embrace that thing that God has given you, bring glory to Him through it.
Stop comparing and start living.
Be Blessed in your uniqueness.
Liesl Mare is a Contributor at Women of Reverence. Read full bio here