What if the Church was like this?

I love watching flocks of birds and schools of fish.  The way they move in seemingly choreographed unison.  It’s as if they simultaneously receive a command–”Turn right”…”Go down”…”Swoop”–and respond as one.  I think this is the way Jesus would like his church to operate.

In nature, fish and birds act this way out of self-preservation & fear but I wonder if we could do this out of love.  When we cultivate hearts that are receptive to the leading of the Holy Spirit then all our Savior needs to do is whisper and we respond.

“…abide in me and I will abide in you…”  (Jn. 15)

“I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me…They too will listen to my voice and there shall be one flock…”

May we (Baptist, Presbyterian, Pentecostal, Lutheran, Catholic…) be so attuned to the whisper of God that we respond in a way that is nothing short of beautiful.

“I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.”  (Jn. 17.23)

4 thoughts on “What if the Church was like this?

  1. What a beautiful concept of how Jesus would have us respond to cares and needs of the world around us. Instead of arguing about what should be done, we all would respond with an outpouring of love, compassion and support for whatever the need is!

  2. My daughters – who lost their mother, my wife, to a rapid bout of cancer in summer 2012 – are highly discplined and skilled dancers. The eldest worked as a professional ballerina until blowing out her achilles heel at age 21, now teaches full time. She achived “spontaneous resolution” from multiple sclerosis after developing it at age 16. Her physical therapsists helped her, along with the Lord’s massive blessings, to become a better dancer than what she was before. Hence, she, and her little sister have a great appreciation for choreography. It takes hard, hard work and endless hours of practice, I believe our Lord honors that.

    As an engineer and fisherman, I have watched water foul seek to form a “V” formation countless times. They do so to minimize air drag and minimize energy use in flight, much like we can drive in a truckers wake. Oh, the brilliance of God’s creation! The free will plus our post-fall tendencies with which He has blessed us fights against our natural, pre-fall tendencies to seek and follow His will. May we relentlessly seek to the “V” formation, the natural law of reducing “the drag”, the distractions of the world. “Where there is no vision, the people perish; but he that keepeth the law, happy is he. “-Proverbs 29:18. God’s plan for humans and nature is indeed flawless. Let’s seek unity in purpose over unity in methods.

  3. We dwell in an imperfect world which is not our home. We are called to be good and faithful servants of Christ. Yet, the call is not unlike a bride walking through a coal mine. Try as she will, she is not able to keep her white dress clean and spotless. We can rejoice that someday, the experience of living in perfect harmony with our God will be ours to treasure. In the meantime, all we can do is to try and fallow that golden rule, do unto others as we would have them do unto us, in trying to make this temporary dwelling a better place to live.

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