God Gave Us Other Voices
Sunday - August 30th Scripture to Read for Today's Devotional: 2 Samuel 12:1-7
Today's Selection from our Sermon on the Mount Reading Plan: Matthew 5:13-16
Let us think of ways to motivate one another
to acts of love and good works.
"Somebody stop me!" That's the first line of a new song to which we can all relate.
"She's at the fridge again!" These lyrics of the song come from the voices singing around and toward Gospel singer, KD French. French, who lives in Atlanta, posted her new song to Youtube earlier this month. The soloist and the backup choir are all her voice. Her new anthem about snacking during the coronavirus lockdown has gone viral. She beautifully conveys in music what many Americans have struggled with over the last few months of the global COVID-19 pandemic.
We have been confined to our homes and not going to school or work. Having lost the basic movement of going about our daily routine, the average American has gained significant weight. French, too has struggled with the lack of basic exercise and too many trips to the fridge. She wrote this fun song, recorded her voice nine different times, and blended all of those recordings into one fun, and timely music video.
"At least, making this song kept me from the fridge for about an hour," French wrote on YouTube.
The song describes the irresistible pull of her refrigerator—and all the goodies inside. Clearly striking a chord in the rest of us, the video has been racking up millions of views on Facebook and YouTube this week.
When I first saw the video the other day, it made me think of the "One Another" commands of the New Testament. Just as the choir voices in French's video tried to help her as the soloist make the right decision about opening the fridge again, we need voices to help us. Our voices should then be a part of the choir, encouraging our brothers and sisters in Christ to make good decisions and live right as well.
Today we conclude our look at "One Another" commands of Scripture in our Take5 daily devotionals. We will look at new themes starting tomorrow. Before we do, it is crucial to understand why God included so many of these "One Anothers" in the Bible.
The phrase "one another" comes from the Greek word allelon, which means "one another, each other; mutually, reciprocally." This word occurs 100 times in the New Testament. Approximately 59 of those occurrences are specific commands teaching us how, and how not to, relate to one another. Our obedience to these commands forms the basis for all authentic Christian community. The development of our genuine community in Christ directly impacts our witness to the world (John 13:35).
All of us, as followers of Christ, need godly voices in our lives. We need to have others speak into our beliefs, behaviors, attitudes, and relationships. God knows that about us. So He made sure we understood the kinds of practices within our community that would bring about Christlike qualities in our community collectively and our lives individually.
Whether we are confronting someone caught in sin like the prophet Nathan with King David or loving someone struggling in crisis, we need each other. We need to "think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works" (Hebrews 10:24). Who are you allowing to speak into your life? Are you a healthy, godly voice speaking into the lives of other believers?
Go out of your way today to thank another brother or sister in Christ for being a helpful voice in your life. If you don't have others who speak into your Christian walk, text the word "connect" to (818) 405-8445. You will be sent an opportunity to find and get connected to a Small Group from Calvary. Make sure you have people in your life thinking of ways to motivate you to acts of love and good works!
God has given us other followers of Christ so that we can help each other grow in becoming more like Jesus!