The Beauty of a Quilt

March 5, 2012

Quilts are beautiful works of art.  Some of my favorites are those that are the most colorful and that consist of many patterns, materials, and colors.

The body of Christ is very much like a beautiful quilt.  All different sorts of folks that together form a beautiful whole.  We often talk of that, but most people use the imagery of a tapestry.  Being a Southern boy, I use the quilt.

The challenge is that while we say we think a quilt is beautiful and that we should appreciate the uniqueness of others, when we encounter them we really expect them to be like us or to change to be like us?  Question – have you ever tried to change your spouse to be like you?  I know I have tried and fortunately was unsuccessful!

The Lord has something to say about this:

“But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose.  If all were a single member, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, yet one body.  The eye cannot say to the hand, ‘I have no need of you’, nor again the head to the feet, ‘I have no need of you’. On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable.” 1 Cor. 12:18-22

The body of Christ is wonderfully rich and diverse and designed so that we need each other.  Your organization is designed that way as well.  But do you really appreciate and maximize the unique gifts and talents of others or do their different temperaments sometimes annoy you and you wish they would just be a little more like you?

It sure would be boring if we were all alike.

Know your people, celebrate their God-given gifts, and put together a wonderfully diverse team to move ahead for greater impact in God’s Kingdom.

Have a great week!
BG