I'm sure we have all heard the well-known passage from 1 Corinthians 12 entitled, "Unity and Diversity in the Body." It begins with, "Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by 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. Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many." Throughout my life, I have heard this passage associated with several different scenarios.
- Applied to a sports team--how each player has a unique position and role within the whole team.
- Applied to a choir--each singer sings a different part and contributes to the entire musical performance.
- Applied to the church--each person has a role or a different way they serve each other.
However, as of recent, I have thought of another way this passage applies to where I am currently at in life. As the end of the semester is approaching, everyone is vocal about the assignments they have left, the papers they need to write, and the finals they should begin studying for. Amidst this cacophony of conversations about what needs to be done before December 21, I have heard variations of the following comment a few times, "Wow, I could never do that. I could never be a (insert any major) major. I'm glad that's not the type of homework I have to do yet."
College is such a unique place where you get to CHOOSE what you want to study for the next 4 years and then possibly practice in the world after school. Often times, people choose several things to study or switch a few times to figure out what they want to study. As of late, the passage about unity and diversity in the body has come to my head every time someone made a comment about another major. How cool is it that God instilled in each person different passions and desires that make up the body. It is okay that I don't have the desire to be a pre-med major. It is okay that I don't feel called to be a pre-school teacher. It is okay if I don't think I have the capacity to be a lawyer. Each one of us IS called to be disciples of Jesus first and foremost, but how we do that in our vocation is unique to how God created us.
Seeing 1 Corinthians 12 play out on Dordt's campus is a beautiful image of unity in diversity for me. Each student is dedicated and passionate about their area of study and it INTERESTS them. GOOD FOR THEM! Good for my friends who are biology majors and love studying the human body. Good for my roommate who is studying social work and wants to help people at risk. Good for the girl down the hall who loves math and wants to be an actuary. I respect them and their area of study and I am thankful that God has given each of us such different gifts and talents so that we can fill God's kingdom with people who want to make a difference and spread his word in every square inch of the world.