The body – a symbol of unity according to God’s plan
By Marcel Rebiai
“For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ . . . Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually.” 1 Corinthians 12:12;27
Unity is often equated with uniformity in our society. In order to limit discord and meet everyone’s needs, the same rights and duties exist for all. However, these aspirations not only lead to the loss of individuality, they also fail to do justice to the individual, as there is no generic good for all. A history of communism displays many negative examples of this.
Jesus teaches us the kind of unity which encompasses diversity and differences – an image of the body. God’s Word, like nature, shows us that in a healthy body all organs complement and support each other, so that in unison they function at their best, forming a strong and fruitful body.
To put this into action, individuals need mutual esteem, respect, trust and conscience to play their role in achieving a common aim. These qualities are clear to all of us, as we can all see that they conform with how God created us to be. Paul tells the Philippians,
“Fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not for his own interests, but for the interests of others.” Philippians 2:2-4
This devotional is taken from the book To See God by Marcel Rebiai. If you would like to order your own copy, please email us here, [email protected].
Marcel Rebiai is a board member of Revive Israel, and is inspiration for our community. Marcel was born in Algiers in 1953. He came to Switzerland as a war orphan and received faith in Jesus in his youth, which changed his life and made him a messenger of God’s love in Jesus. Since then, he has been faithfully working for the building of the community of Messiah. Marcel is the founder of the “Community of Reconciliation”, an organization that works for reconciliation between Jews and Arabs based on God’s forgiveness and love in Christ. Marcel teaches in various settings around the world about the love that God revealed to us in Jesus, a love that enables reconciliation. Marcel has been living in Jerusalem for the last 30 years, is married to Regula, and has four children and eleven grandchildren.