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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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Feb. 10, 2010 - Friends, Facebook and the Body

By Jerry Scott

Are you on Facebook? How about Twitter? Online social networks allow people to create a public profile, publish photos, and share stories and information. One way to learn about a person is to check out their online listings. You can see who people’s friends are, what interests them, and what they’re doing these days. I enjoy catching up with acquaintances from the past and touching base with ministry associates in this way. It’s fun and keeps me connected with people I would otherwise seldom, if ever, see.

While I enjoy taking time to post a note on somebody’s Facebook wall or look through their online family photos, the virtual connection can never replace flesh-and-blood friendships. We have close friends who serve as missionaries overseas. We contact each other often online. E-mails let us stay in touch, but whenever they are in the U.S. and can come to stay in our home, our relationship goes to another level. Sharing a meal, laughing together and being around each other is incomparably more fulfilling.

Why do we enjoy connections? Because we need a place to belong. The circle of friends in our lives steadies us, encourages us, and helps us to avoid that sense of meaninglessness that so often accompanies anonymity! Are you building friendships? Are you forming and nurturing connections with other people?

A healthy Christian cannot be a Lone Ranger. We can’t abandon relationships when they get difficult. We can’t give in to misunderstandings or hurt feelings. Jesus said, “By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another” (John 13:35, NIV). The quality of that love is such that relationships take precedence over convenience, work obligations, and even personal feelings! We are committed to one another.

The Scripture explains the importance of our being connected with that familiar illustration of the human body. Read it again, like the first time.

“The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body — whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free — and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.

“Now the body is not made up of one part but of many. If the foot should say, ‘Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,’ it would not for that reason cease to be part of the body. And if the ear should say, ‘Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,’ it would not for that reason cease to be part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But in fact God has arranged the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. If they were all one part, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, but one body.

“The eye cannot say to the hand, ‘I don’t need you!’ And the head cannot say to the feet, ‘I don’t need you!’ On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has combined the members of the body and has given greater honor to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.

“Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it” (1 Corinthians 12:12-27).

— Jerry D. Scott is senior pastor at Washington (N.J.) Assembly of God.

 

 

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