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Connected or Tethered?

Sunday morning, Sunday evening, Bible Study, Wednesday Worship…… the list goes on. We think we are so connected. We serve within the walls of the church and give all of our time, yet we wonder why we feel so disconnected from our family, from our community. church doors

When all our service is within the walls of the church we are tethered to one point. We can run and run and run, but never get beyond a certain radius.

We were never meant to be tethered to the church. We are only meant to be tethered to Jesus, a living, breathing, moving God.


We are to be out there in the world, but not of the world. We are supposed to act different, look different, sound different so people see that we are different because of Jesus. We are supposed to make connections in our communities so we can walk with them as they come closer to Jesus.

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But we’re called to serve, right? We’re supposed to offer our God-given gifts in the church, aren’t we? Yes. And no.

Yes, we should offer our gifts and serve in the church, but we should also do the same outside the walls of the church. When we are living out our calling each day we are serving the where doesn’t matter as much.

The church is good and beautiful and honored by God, but the church is not God. We need to stop living our Christian lives as if we’re part of an exclusive country club for which we are on the board. Untie yourself from only serving within the walls of the church and tie yourself to Jesus.

When we are tied to Jesus we can serve Him in the church, in the community and in our families. You get to choose. Who will you tether yourself to?

Linking up today!

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About Becky Hastings

I am emotional and logical. I am strong and dependent. I am a juxtaposition of head and heart exploring it all through writing. And in all my mixed-up ways I am loved. I'm here to tell you that you are, too. Just the way you are.

8 Replies

  1. Great reminder that the church community is a both / and. We’re community both within the church walls and without, serving each other and serving others beyond.

    1. Becky Hastings

      It’s so easy to get wrapped up in all the good things of a good church, isn’t it? It is about both. It’s all Jesus friend. And He is needed everywhere!

  2. Love this brave seed you are planting, Becky. It is a nugget of faith we should take time to consider in our journey. I agree…tethered to Jesus is the necessity that allows us to be fed and then spill into others.
    Blessed to visit you today!

    1. Becky Hastings

      Dawn, your words mean so very much. I was a little nervous posting this because the church can be so good and such a great place to serve. Thank you for seeing the brave. It means more than you know!

  3. I love this. It speaks deeply to me – we are active in our local church yet my ministry and connection is my family, friendships, and an online community. IT IS WHERE GOD has called me. Good post. At Jennifer’s today, #40

    1. Becky Hastings

      Thanks so much for being here today Susan! I think it’s a wonderful thing when we can clearly see where God has called us and what He wants us doing. Sometimes we get stuck doing things out of obligation, but God wants us to do things out of obedience to Him, not man. A great book on this topic is The Best Yes. Check it out if you get the chance!

  4. Very thought-provoking. The difference is significant. Thanks for sharing this! #TellHisStory

  5. We think doing one is all it takes, but yes, serving as the church is crucial!

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