Have you ever witnessed the amazing phenomenon called murmuration? You most likely have and you don’t even know it! If you have ever seen huge flocks of birds (most likely starlings) that fly in large swooping coordinated patterns through the sky, then you have witnessed murmuration. And you’ve probably wondered how they manage to do it without crashing into one another. It is a remarkable sight as hundreds, even thousands, of birds maintain such precision and cohesion in flight. Well, the trick to this amazing feat is each bird concentrates on only 7 of his/her immediate neighbors. They don’t concern themselves with the thousands, but focus on the social cues from their smaller group of 7. By doing this, they combines their individual groups to form a very impressive whole. (This was concluded by analyzing still shots from videos and then applying some fancy mathematical theories.) The body of Christ works in much the same way. Or it should. The Bible speaks of the body of Christ as individual parts. It is one body but many members. And each member has its own function. If a particular member doesn’t concentrate of its own function, then there is a gaping void left and the entire body cannot flow with precision. Your individual part in the body of Christ is crucial for proper flow and function of the entire body. And when each member does his/her part, the combined results are spectacular!
human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is
with the body of Christ. 14 Yes,
the body has many different parts, not just one part. 15 If the foot says, “I am not a part of the
body because I am not a hand,” that does not make it any less a part of the
body. 16 And if the ear says, “I am
not part of the body because I am not an eye,” would that make it any less a
part of the body? 17 If the whole
body were an eye, how would you hear? Or if your whole body were an ear, how
would you smell anything? 18 But
our bodies have many parts, and God has put each part just where he wants it. 19 How strange a body would be if it had only
one part! 20 Yes, there are many
parts, but only one body. 1 Corinthians 12:12; 14-20 (NLT)
4 Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, 5 so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other. Romans 12:4-5 (NLT)
30 And we are members of his body.
(If you want to enjoy this spectacular performance of nature, here are two videos that will impress! It’s another example of God’s absolute greatness! )