Once upon a time there lived three interesting neighbourhoods in a jungle. The mongoose, peacock and eagle families lived side by side. They had one common enemy – the evil snake family. The mongoose were alert, the peacock were agile and the eagle were tough. But there was one severe problem. They couldn’t stand each other. Each tried to show the other down and show themselves high. They fought over petty matters. None wanted peace, no not even the slightest desire for peace. They were happy despising each other and felt comfortable in their dissensions. You see it is easy to keep distance, but quite costly to embrace differences and weaknesses of each other in humility for the sake of the Rock of Ages who loved peace and unity among brethren! It costs your ‘self’ to love.
Now the snake, the fallen foe, always strove to survive by deceiving them. The fighting neighbourhood comprising the mongoose, peacock and eagle made life easy for the snake. Every now and then there would be petty brawls and riotous outbreaks in the jungle. Those were opportunities the snake sought to stealthily attack the vulnerable young ones of the communities. The snakes just needed one, small loop hole to get in. This trend continued till the mongoose, peacock and eagle realised their dwindling and weakening quality. They were tired. They knew the root of their problem, but of their own they could do nothing. They even thought of leaving the jungle and going some faraway land, but the adage, ‘a known devil is better than an unknown’ struck fear in their hearts. So each of them, without the other knowing, decided to meet the Rock of Ages, who was their only Hope.
Surprise of surprise, all three landed at the feet of the Rock of Ages at the same time. All three narrated their problem. The Rock of Ages heard each with a keen ear and gently rebuked, “I made each of you with unique qualities. It would behove you’ll to glorify Me in your respective qualities and complement each other in the fight against your common enemy. But each of you puffed yourself and fell away from tolerating each other. It is not too late yet, repent, apologise, forgive and gather together so I can re-build the broken and manifest My Glory amidst you’ll.”
The gentle correction of the Rock of Ages opened everyone’s eyes. They repented and decided to obey the only Wise voice. Each one decided to wholeheartedly perform the duties they were called to and yet with care for the other. While the peacock sent out shrill alerts at the sight of snakes, the eagle heard the alerts and attacked from great heights and the mongoose tackled the slithers amongst bushes and brambles. It became a team work. Soon love blossomed and the once dying neighbourhood was revived. The suddenly united and bound-with-cords-of-love jungle became a terror for the snakes who now doubled their shift work. So while the enemy snake continued their warfare, the unity in the diverse, yet loving neighbourhood continued overthrowing and keeping the enemy at bay!
Ephesians 4:15-16 Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the Head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.