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Sunday, April 14, 2013

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 familyGod’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 check out the daily studies by e-mail or audio podcast by clicking HERE.

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