The Need For Connectedness (3)

Oct 3, 2023

‘For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function.’Romans 12:4 NIV

Paul writes: ‘For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully. Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honour one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervour, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.’ Romans (12:4–13 NIV)

Unhappiness can often begin with the absence of connection. Happiness is not having lots of ‘friends’ on Facebook; it’s in sharing your life and living for causes greater than yourself. Where should you start? By visiting a lonely, forgotten person in your town or village. By volunteering to look after the garden of a sick or elderly person each week. By saying to your pastor, ‘Please give me a job that involves helping others.’ These are small steps, but you will be amazed how they enrich your life.

SoulFood: 1 Sam 4–7, Mark 16:1–8, Ps 68:19–35, Pro 22:6
The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright © 2023

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