The Call to Unity
It is fascinating how birds fly in formation. It is such a great illustration of teamwork and unity. Today, a friend of mine sent me a video of a "Murmuration". This is when thousands of starlings come together in a beautiful cloud of synchronized movement. It is something else.
The video came with an article where a scientist writes regarding how birds fly in formation. His findings were so pertinent to those that desire to accomplish anything like a unified team. The article states:
Scientists have discovered that just three simple rules govern how birds fly in an aligned formation: maintain a minimum distance from a neighbor; fly the same speed as your neighbor, and always turn towards the center. When they are in place, it is as if all birds collectively "see" what each bird sees and "responds" as each bird responds.The simple runs of aligned flight reflect how a healthy church ought to function. If we stay close to one another, don't leave people behind, and always turn toward the center of our call to faith, hope, and love (1 Corinthians 13:13), we will move as one. It is amazing how easily we may get distracted, as we search for own desires.
Unity is the answer that the Lord prayed for right before his crucifixion and resurrection. He prayed, "that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me." (John 17:21)
Did you catch the end of that? He said that our community (common unity for one another) is what will win the world back to the Father, and prove that Jesus is the Son of God sent to save the world. The reason is simply that our common unity points out the action of the Holy Spirit in Christ’s Church.
Although I am amazed to see God heal the sick supernaturally and perform miracles, I am reminded that it is all about unifying us in Christ—seeing the church move as one in Christ and for God’s glory through the power of the Holy Spirit. When we are one, we have won.