Bill and I are in Texas today. We really like it here, a lot! We see many people and businesses fly the Texas flag beside the American flag. Both flags use the same colors, red, white and blue. Both flags use red and white stripes. Both flags have a background of blue with white stars. The difference; The Texas flag has only one star. It is known as The Lone Star State.
Texas is part of the United States and is one of the fifty stars on the US flag. But they take great pride in being an independent government. Their state government seems to function very well.
We as Christians are individuals yet once baptized into the body of Christ become members of the body, the church.
We have our own jobs to perform, we each have our own functions within the body. We need each other to make up the whole. We all working independently and individually can accomplish much when we are working as part of the body.
Are you a lone star or are you counted among the many?
For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. (Romans 12:4, 5 ESV)