“From Him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.”— Ephesians 4:16
There was a team of engineers who did an experiment in a wind tunnel to determine why geese fly in a “V” formation. In the experiment, they discovered that each goose, flapping its wings, creates an uplift for the goose that follows.
Now while this uplift may be minuscule for each goose, the result is that the whole flock gains 71% greater flying range than if they journeyed alone. So to distribute the work among the geese, the leader of the “V” will fall back periodically to let another leader take the point.
This amazing example in God’s creation can show us something very important about working together. You see, when people in a group decide to each sacrifice a little for the sake of the whole, then the group is better able to accomplish its goal. But when a member wanders away, it will be detrimental to the group’s task.
In the body of Christ, the same is true. Each individual Christian is called to sacrifice his- or herself for the betterment of others in the body. They serve at church on Sunday or they give to those in need not for their own good, but for the good of others. So as a Christian, remember to give yourself for the sake of others and build up the body of Christ.
Pray that God would show you ways that you can humble yourself for the sake of building up the body of Christ!
Questions for thought
Self-denial isn’t a very popular concept, yet it’s required as we obey Christ’s calling. What’s one way you can deny yourself to help or serve someone today?
What is the most difficult for you to give to build up the body of Christ: your time, talents, money, or possessions?