while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, 25 so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. 26 If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.
1 Corinthians 12:24-26
Happy Monday, friends!
I hope you’ve had a beautiful weekend. I’m so thankful for each and every single one of you. Thank you for listening in the mornings or even right before you go to bed.
I flew into Scottsdale, Arizona, this Saturday, so I am recording from here for the next two days. I get back home to Miami on Tuesday night.
The best part about daily prayers and this podcast is that we can literally pray from anywhere on the globe. And the internet allows for that to be possible.
I named this devotional We Are All Connected.
This week I learned about the nerves of the teeth and how they are directly connected to the brain. In theory, I knew this but to actually see the nerve endings were entirely different.
Don’t even ask me how I got into that quest for knowledge on the internet.
Anyway, I turned to my sister, and I said, look at this, how cool! And her response was, “everything is connected.”
It just got me thinking about the miracle that is our body. Everything is connected. Our nerves, our organs, our systems. Everything is linked to the brain. When one organ or system is being threatened, your entire body is now compromised. The same can be said for the body of Christ. His people.
We, here on earth, are all connected. We are all brothers and sisters. Everyone knows someone. You can connect two of the most random people on the planet together by a thread to people.
Our job is to spread the gospel. The only way to do that is through love. Jesus is love. I said the scripture verse last week: Whoever does not love does not know God because God is love. (1 John 4:8)
We must continue to push for one another. We must continue to stand by what is right and hold onto the truth. We must love one another. We must. It’s our only job.
You’ll never understand the ripple effects of your actions. But if you lean onto God and you become His hands and feet. You won’t need to. This isn’t about how “Alison” can help the world. This is about how can the world see Jesus in me.
As you go about your day today, ask yourself that question. How can the world see Jesus in me? What am I doing today that directly impacts others? Remember that we are all connected.
Jesus, we thank you for a new week. We thank you for new opportunities to spread the gospel, spread the good news, and spread your love. Help us to heal others around us with our words and our actions. Help us become less self-serving and more serving of others. Help us listen to the needs of those around us. We do not need to know the ripple effect of our actions. We just want the world to see you in us. We love and honor you. In your Holy name, we pray, Amen!