“When you want to go fast, you travel alone. When you want to go far, you travel together.” – African Proverb
The meaning of true fellowship is bearing the burdens of others, so that together you may go the distance; when one is weak, the other is strong. Even Nature teaches us this.
Consider the geese…
They fly in a “V” formation to give rest for each goose flying behind them. The “V” formation is also so they can see each other. When the leader tires, another humbly moves into place, allowing the leader to rest behind the strength and flight of others. As the geese remain in tight formation, they create uplift for each other with every downward flapping of their wings.
Geese are monogamous, and mate for life. Their honking sound is not about complaining or arguing, but confirming and comforting the flock. When it is time for the flock to rest, the leader finds safe ground and they rest together. Geese can only travel the distance because they fly together, each one taking their place. They watch for the right season and begin their journey as one.
Be patient and kind towards one another, preferring one another, and daily forgiving each other’s offenses. Offense is the devil’s trap. Its your choice to become trapped. Jesus has said:
“Offenses will certainly come, but woe to the one they come through!” Luke 17:1.
Don’t bring offense, rather be the one who extinguishes it!
The enemy is not each other, its not your brother or sister; its not your pastor, or teacher and the enemy is certainly not your wife, or husband, sons or daughters. The enemy is not what others do, rather it is the voice you allow to speak into your mind, tempting you to condemn them. It is the voice, which whispers inside of our heads, seducing, and taking over our thoughts to kill ourselves with self hatred and condemnation, and so we condemn others.
The voice of God, through the Holy Spirit never condemns. He will not, and cannot, because of Christ. The Apostle Paul said it best…
“Therefore, no condemnation now exists for those in Christ Jesus, because the Spirit’s law of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death. Romans 8:1-2
If our hearts, or their hearts condemn us, God’s love for us and, for them is infinitely far greater than our hearts and far higher than our thoughts. And, remember God knows all things from the beginning and all the way to the end. 1 John 3:20.
If our destination is the same, should we not all get along here, and now?
Will segregation, denominations and prejudice exist in heaven?
If our journey is towards heaven then let us act like heaven. If we do not, heaven will not recognize us. Travel slowly and together, and become heavenly minded so that we may together do earthly good.
Fly in the formation of love!
The true bond of fellowship is unconditional love, and it requires sacrifice, just as God’s love for us is bonded through the sacrifice of Christ.
“…When you want to go far, you travel together.”
…fly in the formation of love.