Devotions By Jan

Birds of a Feather?

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flock-of-crowsScripture for Today: Galatians 3:28  “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.”

Every day between four and five o’clock, an enormous flock of crows would fly “en masse” to the trees across from us.  They would congregate on the upper branches making a huge racket!  But what impresses me most is how they could stay together in what looked like effortless synchronization!

Flying together has its advantages.  Together they are more likely to spot predators.  The birds find food more quickly and they save energy by flying together with the draft they create.  One would think that there is some designated leader to organize the flock.  But in fact, their behavior is a result of each bird following some simple rules.  Researchers have discovered details on how they come together and stay together.  But no one has been able to pinpoint the source of this instinctive behavior.

Our verse for today describes a coming together that is not so natural.  Believers can achieve oneness in Jesus Christ.  Regardless of race, social status, or gender, followers of the Lord have a unity that is remarkable!  Unlike the “birds of a feather who flock together,” the body of Christ is incredibly diverse.  People that would not normally come together find themselves sharing a deep bond in our shared love of Jesus!

What a beautiful testimony to find this unity in a world that is so divided!  Love that reaches across generation, gender and race is the mark of a Christian (Mark 13:35).  It is not natural.  It is supernatural and can only happen with the fruit of the Spirit in our lives.

Lord, thank you that You bring together what the world does not!

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