Eric Speir

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Jesus Didn’t Fly Solo & Neither Should We

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Even Jesus couldn’t do it all himself. He surrounded himself with 12 other people who could help him.

God never intended for us to fly solo. Let’s think about that last statement for a moment. Jesus was the perfect Son of God and he couldn’t do it all by himself. He chose to surround himself with twelve men who would ultimately change the world.

He couldn’t do it all himself because we were designed to be in relationships with others. Even God himself models the necessity of relationships through the Trinity. He’s in relationship with God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. (I know that’s a theological debate, but I won’t get into that here.)

We need the relationships of those around us. It’s a fact we can accomplish more when we work together as a team. I learned of a good illustration of this last week when I read about the flying habits of geese.

“Geese can fly hundreds of miles farther in formation than alone. In this way some flocks can fly over a thousand miles without resting. The formation adds over 70 percent more flying range because the flapping wings of each bird creates an uplifting air current for the bird that follows.” (Nathan and Stuart 1993)

When we are in community and fellowship with one another we make it easier for everyone who is following us. Are you creating a draft for someone to follow or are you just making a disturbance?

Question: How can you partner with someone to make a difference in the world?

About Eric

I'm a pastor and writer. I like to help people to grow in their relationship with God. I live outside of Atlanta, GA. I've written a book, Stubborn Faith: 30 Day Devotional Guide For New Growth. It's available for free as a download on this blog. Feel free to follow me on Twitter at @ericspeir

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8 Replies

  1. Really liked this one Eric. Have to share it.

    1. Eric

      Thanks for the share! I appreciate it.

  2. Thank you for the great teamwork lesson on geese Eric!

    1. Eric

      I was inspired when I read it as well.

  3. Cecilia Noriega Kamisato

    I really like this article, thank you for sharing!!!

    1. Eric

      I’m glad you enjoyed it!

  4. This is so true. I have a few good friends that I get together with often. Some are peers. Some are mentors. Some are ones that I mentor. All have been valuable relationships.

    1. Eric

      It’s these types of relationships that help us to go further and faster.

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