This has continually come up in my reading lately,that as Christians we are uniquely individual in order to promote unity in ONE body (Eph. 4:11-12). To be the ONE Body of Christ is the reason we are all unique. In the church, we have been guilty of pushing the uniqueness of believers to an individual faith. In the Cost of Discipleship, Dietrich Bonhoeffer writes, "It is impossible to become a new man as a solitary individual." Have you ever thought about that? The fullness of Christ is expressed in his Body, the church, not in me individually (Eph. 1:22-23). By myself, I miss being a part of the fullness of Christ expressed to the world. It only happens through the ONE body. Bonhoeffer states, "The Church is one man, it is the Body of Christ. But it is also many, a fellowship of members (Rom. 12:5; 1 Cor. 12:12)." We need each other. We need to discover, maintain, and celebrate our uniqueness, for the goal of growing our unity in the body.
Where do you feel the Body of Christ is concerning the issue of being One Body? What can we do differently to realize and live out this wonderful truth?