You’ve got to love a new box of crayons. I am much more tempted to sit down and colour when there is a new box to break in. What is it though, about a new box that creates such excitement? Well, first every crayon is nice and sharp, perfect for staying in the lines. Second, all the colours are there. It is a complete and total set. So no matter what you decide to create, from a beautiful butterfly to a rainbow or sunset, every colour is there for the choosing.
Missing colours can wreck a lot of things. In fact, missing colours would change the world. Just think about it, if yellow was missing, would we have the sun? If green were not there, what colour would the grass be? Every colour has a purpose. After all that’s the way that God designed the world — with colour.
Variety. Distinctiveness. Diversity. Each one of us is different, yet put together in the same box so that the artwork of God can be created. This is the wonder of the church which is called Christ’s body. This week we hear a letter from Paul to the church in Corinth about being part of the body of Christ. God has placed each person in it with uniqueness of personality, strengths, talents, and gifts. Many members, but one body. Many colours, but one box.