We had the privilege of visiting a silk-making factory in Taiwan and seeing all those larvae in their cocoons. The process has been around for almost 5 thousand years in China. The resulting silk is not only beautiful but soft and silky to the touch. But how strange to think it all starts with worm spit! The unwrapping of each cocoon supplies one long strand of 1000 feet, three of which are needed for a single thread. In fact, it takes 2,500 cocoons to make one pound of silk. No wonder silk is thought to be such a luxury.
Today’s verse points out that believers, though being many, form one body. Christ is our head and as the Church we are the body (I Cor. 12:12-13). Just as there are many cocoons and strands of thread to make up silk, so we as Christ-followers form together just one entity. This does not happen outside of the supernatural peace Christ gives. When we allow that peace to rule and govern attitudes and actions, we can enjoy not only our unity but the beautiful results!
My little strand I add to the whole may not seem like anything. On my own I do not amount to much. But added together with all the other strands I become part of that one beautiful body giving glory to Jesus! I am called to peace by the very One who provides it. And that peace is a direct result of loving and forgiving others (verse 13-14). Loving and forgiving can sometimes seem impossible, but “how good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity.” (Ps. 133:1)
Lord, help me live this peace.