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Self reliance

As cross cultural workers, most of us are self reliant.  The transition from life in one’s home country to life and ministry in another culture and place calls for a person to demonstrate drive, initiative and self effort.  This is part of the nature of our work. self reliance bis

However, this self reliance can collide with one of our core values: interdependence.  Self reliance means we count primarily on ourselves.  Interdependence means we need others involvement in our lives and ministries and we count on that engagement.

Thinking about this idea today, I remembered something that Detlef shared with me awhile back.  He said that as we demonstrate interdependence by looking to others to engage in our lives, it is a tangible expression of the interdependence that exists between God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.  Interdependence is a Trinitarian value.  World Team doesn’t have the corner on this core value, but we do need to find ways to express what appears to be at the core of the relationship between the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

It’s hard to become less self reliant and more interdependent.  It begins sometimes with a simple statement: “I need your help on this.”

As the Gospel works its way deeper into our hearts, we will recognize more and more how much stock we put in our own abilities and we will grow in our desire for His work in our lives which is often worked out by brothers and sisters moving into our lives.

“Interdependence is about oneness. It’s about all believers everywhere being united together and needing each other. As Jesus prayed that we would be one, as He and the Father are one, we are united through the Spirit. Interdependence is about more than just being on the same team, it is the outward reality of the Gospel, binding us together in heart, mission and passion as the body of Christ.”

1 Corinthians 12:18-27, Ephesians 4:2-4, John 17:21

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