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    Sequoias: Relying on Each Other

    Sequoias naturally form partnerships. Like most living organisms, the Giant Sequoia does not live alone; it is but one member of a complex association of plants and animals whose continued existence depends on interdependence of physical and living components. For example, the Giant Sequoia lacks the ability to drop its own cones; a mature Sequoia tree carries thousands of cones. These cones hang on a tree with its seeds sealed up for up to 20 years until something opens them. Two very small forest residents act as seed dispersing agents for the Giant Sequoia: the tiny, Long-horned Wood-boring Beetle and the Chickaree or Douglas Squirrel.

    What a description of the church!

    As Christians, we are each “but one member of a complex association of [people] whose continued existence depends on interdependence of physical and living components.”

    For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ.

    1 Corinthians 12:12 (ESV)

    So much of what we are commanded to do in the New Testament includes “one another.” According to Scripture, every “one” needs “another” to fully live the life God has called us to.

    We need each other – we are better together!

    As we each do our part, serving others for their benefit and God’s glory, we accomplish exponentially more together than we ever could alone.

    K E V I N • M I L L E R


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