BUILT TO LAST | Interdependence


1 Corinthians 12:4-7 “There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit is the source of them all. There are different kinds of service, but we serve the same Lord. God works in different ways, but it is the same God who does the work in all of us. A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other.” (NLT)

Over the past few months we’ve all given each other a pass when it comes to hairstyles. Most of us aren’t hairstylists and we either had to trust a loved one with some clippers or just see how long our hair can grow. I was one of the ones who waited it out and let my hair grow. My wife can’t stand seeing me with long hair, but she wasn’t going to help me get it cut. Thankfully now I saw my hairstylist, got myself a haircut and now my wife is finally happy again.

We’ve really realized how we can’t do things on our own. Whether it comes to getting a haircut or getting a cup of coffee in the morning. We depend so much on one another in our daily lives that you can’t simply live on your own. God created us in such a way that we have to work with one another if we want to accomplish anything. That’s why interdependence is important in ministry. 

We all bring something to ministry. We all bring gifts that have been given to us through the Holy Spirit. There isn’t one of us who isn’t important! Each one of us brings something to the table, and no one should ever feel left out. During this time, if you are struggling with where you are seeing yourself in God’s plan, then please pray and ask God where you can help. There’s a lot of need in this world, and each one of us is tasked to meet that need through the specific skills and talents provided to us by God. May we all be in prayerful reflection this week as to how we can better serve one another and bring glory to God.

Mark Schlasner

Questions to Consider

1. What’s one thing you’ve missed, like a haircut, that you couldn’t provide for yourself? How has it affected you?
2. What are some of your skills or talents that other people enjoy or depend upon?
3. How do you, personally, see interdependence in the world? How do you see it in the church?
4. How are you a part of God’s mission? If you don’t know, then what stops you from prayerfully discerning your role?