I love mosaicspictures made of tiny pieces of random materials, arranged
together on some type of canvas. It could be a literal canvas made of cloth
stretched over a wood frame, or a cement
paving stone, or even a wall or ceiling. I think what I love most about
mosaics is that you can make them out of anything. You just need a canvas
and lots of tiny items in the colors you want. When all those random pieces
come together, I’m always amazed at the picture that forms.
And what holds all those random pieces together? The canvas. That unity
in diversity reminds me of the church, God’s family. Christians all have
different talents, spiritual gifts, backgrounds, and cultures. Even with
all those differences, God unites us through Jesus and makes us into His
beautiful mosaic. Therefore, when we worship Jesus together, we know that
it is His death and resurrection that truly unites us as Christians.
What’s amazing to me is that this diversity is how God planned it. He wants
His people to have all kinds of beautiful differencesjust like all the
seemingly random pieces that make up a mosaicto make up a beautiful
church. A church that glorifies Him. A church made up of people who look
different, have different spiritual gifts, and come from different places
and cultures and backgrounds. A church united around one thing: Jesus.
God uses our different backgrounds and gifts, making us His beautiful
mosaic that shows the wonderful story of Christ’s death and resurrection.
As Christians, we are united by Jesus’s work on the cross and at the
resurrection, and we get to celebrate the amazing diversity of God’s
family. Aurora Scriver
What are some of the different talents, backgrounds, and cultures in your
local church? What about in the church around the world?
How have you seen God glorified through those differences?
God works in different ways, but it is the same God who does the work in
all of us. 1 Corinthians 12:6 (NLT)