July 26–Body Blessings–Diversity and Unity!

Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to to all the others. Romans 12:4-5

I am feeling so overwhelmingly thankful for the Body of Christ! And I just want to give a big shout out to all of you! Those I know and those I don’t know! (But, hey! We’ll have a chance to hang out in Heaven and get to know each other there!)

There are so many ways that my life—in the Big Picture and in the smallest of daily-day details—has been strengthened, gentled, sharpened and softened through different members of the one Body of Christ. This is just as true for the ministry of Transformed By Grace as it is in my own life.

I thank God for all of the outrageously loving, prayerful, gifted, generous people who have offered their diversity of personalities, perspectives and specialized skills as they serve in unity to reflect the love and transforming grace of our Lord Jesus Christ!

How awesome it is that as we embrace the diversity of gifts given to our individual brothers and sisters—especially where we ourselves are most lacking—God weaves us together in intimate unity and “each member belongs to all the others!” Because we all belong to Body of Christ!

There will be Body Blessings for each of us as we accept and celebrate the diversity of gifts that our brothers and sisters in Christ bring to our lives. Their presence and perspectives will encourage and challenge us to be more like Jesus. Their diversity of gifts will sharpen our own gifts and fill in gaping holes found in our personal repertoire of giftedness. 

There will be Body Blessings for each of us as we continually, passionately and tenaciously guard and build up the unity that has been given to us through the Spirit of God. This unity is transforming, humbling, healing and empowering as members of the Body of Christ choose to yield to the grace and truth of God, who calls us: to love each other as Jesus has loved us!

There will be Body Blessings in our diversity and in our unity as each member joins together to carry out our one true purpose as the Body of Christ: to bring glory to the name of Jesus!

In love, peace and purposeful passion,                                                               Sylane