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One Another Devotion - Day 20

Differences make us whole together

Keenan Coit

1 Corinthians 12:15-20 15

Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 16 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 stop being part of the body. 17 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? 18 But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. 19 If they were all one part, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many parts, but one body.

Every functioning and healthy relationship, whether that's a friend relationship, love relationship, or family relationship, have components that blend the differences in the core of who we are to different “pieces” of the body. We need to trust who God made us to be and that He will use us. For Him to truly use us, we must have community with people. To have true community and relationships, we have to be different from one another. Without those differences, the body cannot function. Without the different parts, the body wouldn’t be whole.

Here are a few examples of Kelsi and I’s differences and how they make us whole.

1. God uses the way we are different in our spirit to help build honesty and trust in a relationship.

• Kelsi is the calm and chill encourager.

• Keenan is the positive, rahh rahh, cheerleader.

These differences in our spirit help us become whole together with God. Without Kelsi’s calming spirit, Keenan’s relationship and view of God could become less focused. Without Keenan’s positivity, Kelsi’s relationship with God could become passive and doubtful.

2. Together, we are able to do more things on earth and for the Kingdom when we are providing for each other.

• Kelsi keeps the business and our home peaceful and organized. Not just organized in the material sense, but less chaotic and grounded.

• Keenan has passion and drive. He wants to provide financially and relationally by giving Kelsi an abundant and joyous life.

The combination of our different cores, makes us better together. We help stabilize and propel each other forward in our relationship with God, each other, in our jobs, and in our community. These are just a few examples of how Kelsi and I are so different but perfect for God’s true design of community.

- How has God made you differently from others? How do you complement the gifts of others?

- How can you change your mindset to realize the importance of your gifts and use them in your community?

- Pray to God that He will use you to build community.

- Pray for strength to be confident in your gifting.

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