Scripture for Today: Philippians 2:1-2 “Therefore if there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and consolation, make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose.”
This image of perfect synchronized flying is amazing! These birds must have the same destination in their little bird brains! But more than that, they are flying at the same height and the same speed to get there! No one is jostling for position or lagging behind the others. Their united purpose brings them together and keeps them together.
In today’s verse, Paul seems to think that Christians can be united in spirit. Not only that but he appears to be saying that believers can be in agreement, loving one another and intent on going in the same direction! How does that happen? When there is encouragement. When there is consolation. When there is fellowship and affection for one another. We not only need the love and encouragement of other believers to keep going , but “flying together” brings honor to Christ! It is what signals to the world that we are His disciples (John 13:35).
I am going in the same direction as so many other believers. Like them, my desire is to grow in faith and be more like Jesus. It is a long life-time purpose. But going it alone is not what the Lord wants. Just as I take notice of these three birds flying in perfect harmony, so the world sits up and takes notice of believers that are showing love and unity. Being united and showing love to one another is something supernatural but He makes it possible!
Thank you Lord, that I do not have to do this alone!
Photo credit: David Joyce at https://www.flickr.com/photos/deapeajay/2694162918