Scripture for Today: I Corinthians 1:10 “I appeal to you brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought.”
Have you ever wondered why some pieces of the exact same variety of fruit vary in size? My first thought is sun exposure or better access to water. But size difference can also be attributed to cross pollinating. Whether a tree is self-pollinating or not, its fruit can be bigger and better and its yield more impressive when there is cross pollination. But one needs two different cultivars of the same fruit tree; for example Red Delicious with Fuji apple. Two exact same trees in close proximity do not improve the fruit.
Our verse for today admonishes believers to get along with one another. There were reports of quarrels in the church in Corinth damaging their reputation or “fruit.” The local church brings together such a diversity of people that there are bound to be differences of opinion. Even though different varieties are thrown together there is to be fruit from our unity and cooperation. Of course there are differences in our politics, education, preferences and backgrounds but they are not to divide us.
When believers can actually work together, we enjoy a wonderful yield. The world sits up and takes notice when we can show respect and love to one another (John 17:23). We live up to being associated with the name of our Lord Jesus Christ! Standing close and united, our differences make our fruit bigger and better!
Lord, regardless of our differences, keep me one with other believers for Your name’s sake!