Beginning her sermon, Ruth quoted John 10:10: “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
She then asked us to consider our lifestyle, and where we see ourselves, and said that perhaps this sermon would help us to see and understand where we may be going a bit wrong. Sometimes, we look at other people and it appears that they have it all, but the thing is that all situations have their own problems.
The question then posed, was “Are you satisfied?” If we aren’t,
Then maybe it’s because we are making the wrong choices. A number of people in the Bible have huge faith, that God will do miraculous things, such as split the sea and provide a sacrifice. Looking at them, we can think that we might well give up in their circumstances, but why can’t we be link Moses, Abraham, and Joseph.
Motivation is key. It is defined as stimulating us to an action to achieve a specific goal. The thing is, we all have the same calling and ability as these people, and we serve the same God, so the question is, why aren’t we acting like them? This is the same God that split the sea, so why do we doubt in His ability to work in our situation.
Why are we not living the life of an heir? Because that’s what we are; we are heirs, but we live the life of a pauper because we don’t understand the gift God freely gave us.
Ruth then mentioned Jonah, and said that he was a chicken. The word ‘chicken’ comes from the Latin word that means “the same”. Jonah was instructed by God to go to Nineveh, but he was the same as the very people he was told to go to. He carried hatred in his heart, and didn’t want God’s mercy extended to them.
The thing about chickens, is that they walk around aimlessly, with very little purpose, and so, they don’t get very far in life. They are easily scared. They don’t fly, even though they are capable of doing so. They get distracted easily. They are followers, and don’t like change. There is a pecking order with them, which is continuously shifting. They don’t really stand up for themselves, and there is a constant battle for power. They will eat anything, and are sly, stalking the others, and sneaking up on them to fight.
Ruth asked us if we knew of any chickens, or if maybe we, ourselves, were being a chicken in certain areas of our lives.
But, God didn’t call us to be chickens.
It says in Isaiah 40:31, “but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”
Speaking of the eagle, Ruth said that it is classed as the royalty of the bird world. It soars through the skies, with little to no fear. This is what we are called to be, and we cannot fly like an eagle, if we are living like a chicken.
We must honour God in every part of our lives, and in order to do this, we must also be an eagle in every part of our lives. In order to do this, we must look at whether there is an aspect of our lives, be it, environment, work, circumstances, finances, or relationships weak or sick?
In contrast to chickens, eagles eat well, and are fussy eaters. The same should be true of us. We need spiritual food for spiritual strength, just like we need food for physical strength, but we must make sure that this food is good. This food is the Word. We must ensure that the Word is written on our hearts, and not just in a book on the bookshelf.
They have strong vision, in fact, they can see for up to 50 miles. Vision is not just looking at something that will happen to us in the future. We must change our focus, so that it will be easier to press on.
They remove loose feathers, so that it will be easier for them to fly. We must become a new person and get rid of the things that hinder us. Even as mature Christians, we must always remain aware of loose feathers. Ephesians 4:22-24 says “You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put of the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.” The Bible tells us to examine ourselves over twenty times. We are told to test ourselves, and to examine our faith.
If the eaglets get too comfy in the nest, then the parent will remove that comfort to encourage progress and growth, however, they will never let the eaglet tumble and fall beyond what it can cope with. Here we see that nothing significantis ever achieved from a place of comfort. We must step beyond that, but be aware that it takes time for us to learn and become focused.
They also get excited when there is a storm. They will fly directly into it, and stay above the clouds, in the sunshine until the storm passes. The truth here is that when the storm is over we won’t be the same person we were at the start.
Sometimes it is important for us to remember that God chose us to be conquerors, but we prefer the easy option and comfort zone of being conquered.
We cannot fly like an eagle if we are living like chickens.
We are eagles. We belong to heaven. What we must do is stretch out our wings and fly!
Scriptures: John 10:10, 1 Peter 2, Romans 8, Isaiah 40:31, Colossians 3:16, Hebrews 12, Ephesians 4:22-24, 2 Corinthians.