Aug 2, 2015 - Ani Barrington
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Continuum: Better Together
We are all a part of God's continuum. We've been called out of the field to be a part of God's story. It's hard for us to recognize this sometimes, but even after we accept that we have, indeed, been called out, we fail to realize that we haven't been called out to do it alone.
We tend to believe two lies:
1. We can do it on our own.
2. No one needs to know.
God never intended for us to do this by ourselves. He wants us to find people in our lives that promise to be there for, provide for, and protect us. We need people like Jonathan.
We learned last week about David being anointed as king even though he didn't exactly fit the mold. David had a friend named Jonathan who pretty well exemplifies the kind of relationships we should be seeking in our lives.
Jonathan was the son of Saul who was king before David. Saul began to grow jealous over all the attention David was getting and he plotted to kill him. Jonathan promised David his loyalty ( 1 Samuel 18:1-3), provided for David (1 Samuel 18:4), and protected David when he was in need (1 Samuel 20:4). Even though Jonathan was the rightful heir to Saul's throne, he believed in and supported David because he knew God was doing something big.
God has something big planned for all of us, but he isn't expecting us to do it alone.
God knows that we're better together, in fact, he made us that way. He wants us to find a Jonathan in our own lives and to also be a Jonathan to others.
We need to find people in whom we can confide, people who have our backs and who will protect and guide us. And we need to be all these things to the people in our lives as well.
Who in your own life might be your Jonathan?
To whom might you be a Jonathan?
We don't need to, and frankly can't, do it alone.
We're better together.
Wednesday: 1 Samuel 17:1-15
Thursday: 1 Samuel 17:16-38
Friday: 1 Samuel 17:39-49
Saturday: 1 Samuel 17:50-58