I awoke at 6 am and heard nothing, no task, no words. I rolled over and went back to bed! At 6:38, the Lord spoke to me, I was to meet a dear friend for breakfast. I knew not where. As I got my socks out of the drawer, the Lord told me to go to the ATM on the way. I asked him how much was needed today, the answer was $80.00. I did as commanded. This is where it got weird, I did not know where I was to meet for breakfast.
I drove to where I thought my friend would be at that time of the morning. No where to be found.
Confused I contacted them, and was informed that this couple’s cell phone service was shut off and they did not get my original text of where breakfast was to be.
On the way to the store, I prayed to God asking him if the Tithe was only to be put in the church plate.
The Lord’s answer was Laughter. I was quickly informed that Tithing can be done anywhere there is a need.
Soon the $80.00 was put to good use by adding a line.
My aunt Darlene had sent me the the printed Our Daily Bread devotional.
If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. 1 Corinthians 12:26
When a coworker called in sick due to extreme pain, everyone at the office was concerned. After a trip to the hospital and a day of bed rest, he returned to work and showed us the source of that pain—a kidney stone. He’d asked his doctor to give him the stone as a souvenir. Looking at that stone, I winced in sympathy, remembering the gallstone I had passed years ago. The pain had been excruciating.
Isn’t it interesting that something so small can cause a whole body so much agony? But in a way, that’s what the apostle Paul alludes to in 1 Corinthians 12:26: “If one part suffers, every part suffers with it.” Throughout chapter 12, Paul used the metaphor of a body to describe Christians around the world. When Paul said, “God has put the body together” (v. 24), he was referring to the entire body of Christ—all Christians. We all have different gifts and roles. But since we’re all part of the same body, if one person hurts, we all hurt. When a fellow Christian faces persecution, grief, or trials, we hurt as if we’re experiencing that pain.
My coworker’s pain drove him to get the help his body needed. In the body of Christ, someone’s pain ignites our compassion and moves us toward action. We might pray, offer a word of encouragement, or do whatever it takes to aid the healing process. That’s how the body works together.
Lord, please give peace to those who are persecuted or in pain. Your family is my family too.
We’re in this together.
This soon became our prayer at breakfast and the Lord showed me that my dear friend’s family is my family also!
I got to spend a great day in fellowship with my friend and God opened my eyes to a lot today.