Our Calling is Connected to OTHERS

It’s refreshing to know that God called us to be
connected to others; think of how lonely you would be otherwise!

Your calling, the assignment, purpose, vision or
dream that God has for your life, is connected to other people. It is
impossible to fulfill your purpose in life by yourself. Apart from others, we
cannot succeed in our calling. 
Pastor Rick Warren emphasizes, “Calling and
community go together. You cannot be what God wants you to be…fulfill what God
wants you to fulfill…enjoy your destiny on your own. You have to do it
connected to other people.”

Think about the different parts of your body. An
eye can translate the world into beautiful pictures for your brain to store as
memory. An ear can bring you the sounds of the ocean or the voice of a friend.
A hand can write, fix things, or support a friend. But an eyeball outside of
the socket cannot see. An ear lopped off cannot hear. A hand removed cannot
pick up a child. Apart from the body, each part is worthless—powerless, talentless,
purposeless—because they are not connected. You have to be connected to the
body to fulfill your calling.

There is a similar example in nature. The beautiful
and grand redwoods are magnificent trees that commonly grow to
between 200 and 275 feet tall. The tallest one currently measures 368.6 ft.
And as tall as redwoods are, they have a comparably shallow root system. How is it that they so rarely fall? 
The redwoods’ root systems reach out for
great distances and are intertwined with one another, literally holding each
other up.

We are a church family—God’s family. In order to
reach our full potential, we need to support each other and hold one another up! 

“Brothers and sisters, you are
holy partners in a heavenly calling.”
Hebrews 3:1

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Sandra D. Bricker
is a best-selling and award-winning author of laugh-out-loud romantic comedy
for the Christian market. Her most popular series (that started with Always
the Baker Never the Bride
) will conclude this spring with Always the
Baker FINALLY the Bride
, which is now available for pre-order at Amazon.

Sandie leads a team of writers in creating the Living It Out daily Bible study for CedarCreek Church. Today’s devotion is based on the Living
It Out study on the importance of community within bodies of believers. If you enjoyed it, feel free to
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