The Unity of Grace – Ephesians 2:11-22
I have a drawer in my kitchen; my husband considers a “junk drawer”. This drawer has an assortment of utensils. They mostly look different and certainly serve different purposes. Some can do more than one job adequately and others are highly specific to a particular task. The egg beater can’t do the job of the rolling pin, nor the rolling pin the job of the simple spatula. I wonder if we as a church body resemble that kitchen drawer. We all have been given individualized gifts and talents to use for kingdom work. These differences should be respected with love and grace, not allowing them to be reasons for complaint or division. Our gifts working together as a body are obedient to God’s plan for His church and His household.
The early church had cultural & ethical differences that held the body divided. Paul wrote his letter to the Ephesians during his Roman custody. He was hoping to bring unity to all of God’s church and all the church relationships, emphasizing inclusion of all believers in the role and mission of “God’s household”.
(19) Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God’s people and members of God’s household. (22) And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in while God lives by his Spirit.
The Jews, the Gentiles, the circumcised and the uncircumcised were all different, yet all believers, all working parts of the body of the church. TCCC has many working parts of the church body, staff, teachers, students, ministry teams, small groups, Sunday school classes. All of these are part of our church body. With this many individual working groups making up our church body it could be possible to isolate within the groups and do good work but fail to unify as one body, one household. God’s design for the church body is unity. Our gifts are to be used in God’s service in concert instead of marking independence. So unity begins with respect for all the individual utensils in the drawer. We may look like a “junk drawer” but TCCC is like minded in our belief, unified in the Spirit and a beautiful display of the church, working together as a vehicle of God’s glory, worthy of our calling.