Life Lessons from Pastor Mark 10.15.19

Beautifully Different                                           

Last week the pastors from 4Amarillo hosted a podcast for Denver Seminary to help teach and model unity in the body of Christ. It was fun as we laughed and talked about our inception and adventures. We pointed out that we are distinctly different, but are able to come together as the one body of Christ for worship, service, and fellowship. While we celebrate our diversity, it was meaningful to articulate differences in our faith with which we are convicted, but still have kindred spirits. It is an honor to serve Amarillo with them.

This week the pastors from the Northwest Texas Conference are gathering in Lubbock for worship, study, fellowship, and holy conferencing. We look different, act different, and are different, even though we all are in covenant together as pastors in the United Methodist Church. Not too surprisingly, even as United Methodist ministers who have been called by God to serve within the connection, we celebrate our differences, but still worship as one body. It is a privilege to serve the United Methodist NWTC with them.

Every week Polk Street gathers together as God’s people to worship, study, fellowship, and serve. We are very different, even though we are Amarilloans, United Methodists, and Polk Streeters. Yet, many of us have many distinct differences. The beautiful thing is that we all belong in the body of Christ where we praise God for those differences. Those gifts, graces, passions, talents, time, and talents come in all shapes and sizes, just like us. But we cherish them all, from big to small, because God does. It is a joy to serve at Polk Street UMC with such amazing people.

I hope next time we have differences with those we love, we will remember how beautifully different all of us are at some level, and be glad. Maybe that’s what Paul meant in 1 Corinthians 12:12-14: “12 Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For we were all baptized by[a] one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. 14 Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.

Jacob Kuker