Caring Hearts Virtual Experience Devotional
“Everybody’s Got Something”
By Pastor Anthony Lecocq
Have you ever met someone without any physical problems? Neither have I.
“Everybody’s got something.”
Even angel-faced celebrities with perfect skin, chiseled cross-fit maniacs with the perfect 20 BMI and yoga champs oozing serenity and wholeness from their hair wrap to their bare toes… have “something.” From aspberger’s to asthma, dyslexia to diabeties, lupus to low potassium… and other issues not so under-the-radar, personal ailments are always limiting, and sometimes they are debilitating.
The brokenness of our sin cursed age has left no molecule untouched, unwarped and without decay. But creation’s inner-ruin also came with a built-in redemption…
The Gospel. It recommissions our striving. Life is no longer about attaining the perfections we crave, but collecting the imperfections around us and bringing them by way of the cross to the throne of grace.
Galatians 6:2 Share each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.
This command is clear! To complete what Christ has assigned to us, we must carry what the world has dealt to others. As one community-temple of God we mutually share a Kingdom inheritance, but the sharing does not stop there! It consumes everything with a holy collectivism, from material wealth to bodily suffering.
Acts 4:32-34 Now the full number of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things that belonged to him was his own, but they shared everything they had… (so that) there were no needy persons among them.
Through generosity, our blessings are bound to other’s burdens, and we mutually partake in each other’s misfortunes, sicknesses and sorrows. When Jesus touched the leper (Mt.8) he created a blueprint for our community, where each of us can live a life like the Lord and the leper, giving and receiving care.
2 Corinthians 8:13-14 Our desire is not that others might be relieved while you are hard pressed, but that there might be equality. At the present time your plenty will supply what they need, so that in turn their plenty will supply what you need. The goal is equality…
“Everybody’s got something” that they lack.
Yet, in Christ, everybody’s got something to give.
And in the middle, the “law of Christ is fulfilled.”
Questions to Answer:
What do you have to give to those suffering in sickness – often isolated, lonely, and unable to accomplish common tasks?
Do you find your natural mindset leans towards trying to achieve personal perfections, or striving to care for other’s brokenness?
How could your willingness to share your own burdens, potentially lead to a blessing for others?
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