Lessons from Geese: Care and Concern

Philippians 2:4 NKJV
4 Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.
One of the most amazing thing about geese is how they care one for another. They fly in a V formation maximizing on the synergy and fellowship. They encourage one another on as they fly together. Now the interesting things is this, when one of them gets sick or are injured and they can no longer fly with the others, two geese fall out of formation with it and go down with it to care for it and protect it until it is able to fly again.
Now that’s an important lesson for us to learn.
The bible says that we should not just look out for our own interest but also for the interest of others. We are to carry one another’s burdens. Sadly, it is said that the Christian army is the only one that shoots its wounded soldiers.
I am reminded of the story of the good Samaritan. Two religious men saw the man wounded and left for dead by the roadside and they did not do anything to help him out. The Samaritan on the other hand saw the man and felt compassion for him. Like the geese, he came down from his donkey, stopped his journey to attend to this wounded fellow. He went as far as booking him into an inn to ensure that he got well and he footed the bill. In fact, he came back to ensure that the man had fully recovered.
Just like our natural bodies response when we are injured, focusing resources to the injured area to ensure healing takes place, we should not neglect those who are injured and weak in our midst but rather care for them.
We must learn to stand with one another during difficulties as much as we love to stand with one another celebrating victories.
God asked Cain where his brother Abel was and Cain asked the question “Am I my brothers keeper?” The answer to the question is yes and it still applies today!
How quick are you to respond to the needs of others?
Have you ever been down and someone came to stand with you through the situation? How did that make you feel?
How can we encourage this in our churches today?