“However, we have the mind of Christ” (1 Cor. 2:16, GW).
Years ago, my dad said something to me that has stayed in my heart permanently. He pointed out that every true Christian denomination and movement has something that we can glean from. Something vital. However, we will only receive these benefits if we are willing to humble ourselves and learn from others who have differing perspectives than ours.
As different as we all are, we all do have something vital to offer to the Body of Christ. In fact, the very fact that we are so different is what makes this the case. As each of us perceives a facet of the beauty and wisdom of God, together those facets make up something marvelous. Each of us has a relationship with Him that is entirely unique.
It reminds me of the parable of some blind men quibbling over what an elephant is like. One of them was holding onto its leg and adamantly insisting that an elephant is shaped kind of like a tree trunk. One of them had its trunk in hand and was arguing vehemently that the first guy had it all wrong; an elephant’s shape was much more like a thick hose. The third blind man was holding onto the elephant’s tale telling the other two that they were absolutely crazy to be using such obviously wrong descriptions.
Is it possible that our brothers and sisters the next camp over see something that we are not seeing? Is it possible that if we could learn from each other our unique perspectives, we could gain something that would enhance our lives in an irreplaceable way?
There is a reason Scripture says, “We have the mind of Christ.” Notice, it doesn’t say, “I have the mind of Christ.”
We do. Together. Only together can we fully understand His thoughts and intentions for us.
Have you discovered key relationships in your life with believers different than you, that taught you something that you treasure?