Just as we have many members… Romans 12:4-5

Just as we have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. ROMANS 12:4-5

A long the California coastline live some of the largest organisms in the world—redwood trees. Redwoods can grow to a height of more than 300 feet and a circumference of 40 feet. They average between 500 and 700 years old, but some have been around for 2,000 years! They are a magnificent sight. The trees grow only in groves, and their roots intertwine underneath the ground. No intertwining, no growth. No connectedness, no growth.

You have a destiny that is unique to you. However, as you pursue your purpose, you must never forget that God created you to help fulfill His purpose for all His children. Your destiny is yours alone, but it is not just about you. Nor is it to be carried out in isolation. In the body of Christ, we connect with others who are pursuing the same overarching goal—to advance God’s kingdom on earth. We are to complement each other rather than compete. We are to love rather than resent.

Tony Evans, Called for a Purpose

We all have our own unique yet common, connected roles and goals. Like the huge trees are each different they also rely on each other to stay strong and grow long.

Each part of the tree relies on the other part:

  • Roots
  • Trunk
  • Bark
  • Branches
  • Leaves
  • Seeds / Fruit

The trees themselves are part of a larger ecosystem:

  • Trees
  • Soil
  • Sun
  • Rain
  • Wind
  • Animals
  • Insects

Thus we can learn from nature we too have an internal and external ecosystem ourselves.

A huge difference between we humans and trees is that we have some element of choice.

Reflection

Do we cooperate or disengage with ourselves and others?

Do we connect with Redwoods or Deadwoods?

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