My living room window overlooks the pasture. Some big, old oak trees. Some large rocks here and there half buried, for who knows how long, in the soil. And a covering of dry grass, golden brown with a light layer of oak leaves gently settling on top for Fall. A low level of rainfall over the past couple of months has become apparent in the landscape. Yet, it continues to have a warm, inviting feel. As if God is saying, come, take a walk with me.
A covey of quails seem to like this spot, too. Quite a large group of them slowly make their way across the grass. Heads to the ground they busily search and peck for food. How they all move together as one is a mystery to me. No one breaks out of the covey and goes off on it’s own separating itself from the unity of the group. Like a school of fish, they instinctively sense the necessity of the formation. Yet, each one individually has it’s own particular morsel to chew on.
Some animals were just created to stay in group formation it seems. A gaggle of geese, a pod of whales, a colony of penguins, a shiver of sharks (uh, right), a murmuration of starlings, a pandemonium of parrots (gottcha on that one, didn’t I?). Sometimes the purpose of the group is obvious — when a herd of elephants senses danger and places a baby in the center of the group. What we don’t know about God’s purpose for these groups is most likely much greater than what is known.
The Bible seems to be more specific about groups of people. What group do you belong to? As a group of believers we are one body in Christ. Our group — the body of Christ. A body of believers.
So, we who are many are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Romans 12:5
What do you feed on? The Bible has a lot to say on this. A familiar passage is Jesus’ words when He was tempted by Satan.
But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.’” Matthew 4:4
A phenomenon still amazes me after all these years of leading groups of women in Bible studies. As a group we can corporately be pouring over the same Scriptures, yet individually we can each be feeding on a specific, and personal, morsel of the Word. How we apply these morsels of the Word in each of our lives will be unique. The Holy Spirit might prompt one person to forgive a past hurt and another to pray for a co-worker. Each person often recognizes a unique way to apply God’s word. How wonderful is that!
One body in Christ. One Truth to apply. Many divine morsels. Eat up!