Have you ever witnessed a magnificent flock of Canadian Geese fly overhead? It takes one’s breath away! Watching their perfectly synchronized flight pattern leaves even the most cynical questioning, “What sort of Higher Power orchestrated such a wonder?”
You can hear their loud honking long before they are even visible. In this V formation, they can fly 71% further than if flying alone, due to the air-draft their wings create. “They do not pause for a moment when being invited or called to join their team. They respond immediately in blind faith. While such trust is a mystery to most of us, the encouragement and fellowship of the flocks is clear. The real secret is how much confidence they have in each other in love.” -Sean Covey.
Canadian Geese are very social by nature, choosing never to be alone unless mourning the death of their partner. Even after that short period of grace, they anxiously return to their flock family, that has been “knit together in love.” The Apostle Paul spoke to the Colossians about the value of this kind of love. “That their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God’s mystery, which is Christ.” Colossians 2:2 NIV.
Without the support of such a church family, Christians, myself included, will find themselves vulnerable and flying out-of-sync. Satan loves to keep believers isolated, like the lion who isolates his victims from the rest of the pack, before striking. He also loves to see a church out-of-sync. If they are not flying in a V formation and benefitting from that 71% of other member’s strengths and gifts, they might as well fly in circles, because they will get nowhere! Being “knit together in love” is all inclusive.
“If during fellowship of service I seek to attach a friend to myself so that others are caused to feel unwanted; if my friendships do not draw others deeper in, but are ungenerous, then I know nothing of Calvary love.” -Amy Carmichael.
Look for a church flying in a V formation and you will find a church that is knit together in love. -By Lois Macdonald