Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching. Hebrews 10:23-25 (NIVUK)
Look up into the sky and you will probably observe the occasional bird flying overhead. At certain times of year you may even spot some of the migratory kind making epic journeys. Something that has always intrigued me is the genius of migration and the amazing way geese fly in their characteristic V-formation. Research has shown why they choose to adopt this particular formation. The aerodynamic V shape reduces the air drag which each bird experiences when in flight in comparison to a bird flying solo. This allows them to cover longer distances with much less effort. In fact, by flying in a V-formation, the whole flock adds 71% more flying range than if each bird flew alone. This technique is now employed as a basic flight formation for military aircraft and professional cycling races.
This is amazing but there is more to learn from the migratory geese. When the lead goose gets tired, it rotates back into the formation and another goose flies at the point position. This cycle continues as they travel to their destination and in this way, they minimise the onset of fatigue. As they fly, the geese honk to recognise each other and encourage those up front to keep up their speed. When a goose gets sick or wounded, two geese drop out of formation and follow it down to help and protect it. They stay with it until it dies or is able to fly again. They share a common goal, achieve more together, offer support in challenging times and encourage one another. They remind me of 1 Corinthians 3:9:
For we are fellow workmen (joint promoters, labourers together) with and for God. 1 Corinthians 3:9 (AMP)
As fellow workmen we too share a common goal and must hold unswervingly to the hope we profess. We too should spur one another on and be supportive of one another. We too should honk a word of encouragement. The New Testament is replete with references about how we are to love, support and encourage one another. Why not take some time to look up the “one another” passages in the New Testament – they provide a useful study. Together we can make a difference.