Daily Devo

New Beginnings

After a series of inspiring teachings challenging us to own the responsibility to maintain our relationships in a healthy life-giving (not life-sucking) way, we move into Easter Season. A time where we get to contemplate and CELEBRATE the redemption that we have been given access to in Christ's sacrifice. We GET to walk in grace. We GET to walk in freedom. All because the Son of God laid down his life for us.

What are you laying at the foot of His cross this year? What relationship had you shifting in your seat as Pastors Brock and Ang spoke about forgiveness and maturity in relationships?

Time to choose maturity in connection and learn how to respond to each other and not react. 

"'I choose you.' This is the foundation of true, lasting relationships. It is the foundation for God’s relationship with you. As Jesus declared to His disciples, “You did not choose Me, but I chose you...” [John 15:16]. Jesus chose you in the most difficult of circumstances. He chose you while you were in sin, while you were His enemy. His side of the relationship with you does not depend upon your choice, but entirely upon His choice. The question is whether or not you will learn to build your relationships with Him and others upon the foundation of your choice. ...

Yes, it’s vulnerable and scary to keep your love on toward someone [in your life] who has become a perceived threat—you cannot guarantee what he or she is going to do. But you can guarantee your own choice. And you can always choose connection.” 
― Danny SilkKeep Your Love On

Daily Devo: Who am I? What can I do?

Brought in to work together.

Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. 
1 Corinthians 12:27

The human body is incredible. Each part is so dependent on the other parts to function in wholeness. We have all know the misery of a toothache, and how it can affect other parts of the body. Each part is vital in the role it plays, no part can go rogue and be independent. All parts must work for the proper functioning of the body.

With this in mind, it should come as no surprise that Paul often describes the church as Christ's body. As followers of Jesus we are interrelated with every other person in the body of Christ. Though each believer may be unique we must work together in unity in relationship and purpose, to see the Kingdom of heaven on earth.

Sometimes we have a hard time acknowledging that we are part of the body, and nurturing it. By nature we resist being dependent on others or having others depend on us. Paul states clearly that just as "the eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” (1 Corinthians 12:21), neither can anyone in the body of Christ say that to their brothers and sisters in Christ.

God has equipped each individual person uniquely with gifts and talents for the building up and strengthening of the body. The church and its members are one in Christ. We are called to serve Christ, each other, and the world around us. 

Sometimes we need to look a little deeper to discover whether we are a kidney, or an ear. How have I been uniquely engineered to worship my creator? What are my strengths? How can others strengths help me in my weaknesses?

Need a little help?

Here are a couple of personality profiles according to different personality tests. Read through the profiles. You may find a few that you relate to, but usually one where 85% of it screams you. 

DISC Personality Profiles:
https://www.discinsights.com/whatisdisc

Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (for a more in-depth study, with 16 different profiles): 
http://www.personalitypage.com/high-level.html

Prayer
Jesus, your body, the church, is wonderfully made. We praise you for making each one of us a part of your body. May we be a blessing to your church and to your world. 
Amen.

Scripture to read again
1 Corinthians 12:12-31