Are You Tired Of Flying Solo?

Are You Tired Of Flying Solo?

Have you ever been struck with awe as a group of geese fly above you in their clamorous V formation?  Seeing this phenomenon has always been a delight for me for as long as I can remember.  The geese fly this particular way when they migrate south because it helps them to not get exhausted flying such far distances.

Romans 12:3-5 says, For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.”

The geese function as a team, not as individuals, just as we are supposed to operate.  If the same geese flew south individually they would take much longer to get there and could potentially die because of the stress involved in flying alone.  The function of the V formation is to provide less wind resistance for the group, thus making it easier to fly in tandem.  When the leader of the group gets tired he can fall back to the read of the formation and essentially draft with the others as they all fly as a unit.  This V formation also requires each goose behind the leader to keep the others in its direct line of sight so they are all accountable to one another. If one is suffering or falls back they’re even able to adjust their flight to accommodate the individual in need.

Jesus has called us as believers to live in community.  We are not set apart to become lone rangers but to live in unity with one another, holding each other accountable and sharing in the gifts he has blessed each of us with.  We all aren’t good at the same things but thankfully as a collective we can achieve the purposes of Christ by combining our talents together.  Are you tired of flying solo?


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