Birds are some of the most fascinating creatures on earth. One thing they have in common is the way they nurture their offspring. I like to think when a bird is wants to start a family, they plan it out and prepare (now this is just me thinking out loud). I see birds near my home collecting twigs and pieces of grass for their nests. It’s beautiful, I must add. They make sure that their nest is all warm and cozy, and away from predators or anything that might bring harm to the nest or the offspring. So they pick a high branch in a tree, or a well hidden spot in a shrubbery. Safety First!!!

When they lay their eggs, they make sure to sit on them and keep them warm all the time. This is to ensure that the chick develops well and grows inside the egg. If they don’t do this, the eggs would get too cold and they won’t hatch. When they do hatch, the parent bird still keeps the chick close its body to keep it warm as well as to protect it. They do this until the chicks are old enough to fend for themselves and protect themselves; only then can they leave the nest to build one of their own.

It’s kind of like that with us too, God places under the instruction and tutelage of different people to help us grow in our walk with him. The bible says in Eph 4:11,

“11. And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12. For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: 13.Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:”

Notice that He says, “FOR THE PERFECTING OF THE SAINTS”. That tells me that there is a level of perfection that God intends for has to be at. And what is that? Its “…a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:”  The problem is many Christians want to reach the fullness of Christ, they actually pray ever so fervently about it, but they do not want to be under the guidance of those that the Lord has given them. They don’t want to be incubated in the nest. They feel, “well, I can’t be pastored by anyone”, “I don’t need that church, I can study the bible on my own”, “I can start my own ministry”. Well, that’s wonderful that you can study the Bible, but God saw it fit to give us Pastors, Apostles, Evangelists, etc. for our perfection. Imagine where the church at Ephesus would have been if they did not have the Apostle Paul.

Imagine where you would be if you did not have that really cool Sunday school teacher. All those people are there for your perfection and edification. Don’t leave the nest. He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. (Psalm 91:1)

Even at our places of employment, you may be placed under the supervision of someone; it’s for your training. Sometimes you may think, “why have they placed me here, I am more qualified than that guy.” Stop and think about it; it maybe to test your humility and your ability to work with others even those you think are less qualified than you. It’s the secret place. The trouble is, if you decide to leave, you expose yourself to danger. If you decide to be insubordinate to your supervisor, you may end up getting fired or even worse, they’ll keep passing you up for promotion. It’s because they see you are not ‘developed’ enough.

Don’t leave your church just because you argued with a brother or sister. Stay in the secret place. Don’t let the enemy earmark you for destruction by separating you from the rest of the family “for your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Pet 5:8). Your safety lies in Christ, and in the place where he has planted you. Then,

“8. Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked. 9. Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; 10. There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. (Psalm 91)

Your safety is in the Secret place. Don’t leave the nest before your time.

God Bless you.


Beyond Actions!!

More often than not, many people think what makes them good, is the good acts that they do. They think well, “I am a good person, I give to the poor, I go to church every Sunday, I am not rude to the homeless guy at the corner…I definitely must be living right”.

But we need to understand that living right is beyond our personal actions. Its about who, through his suffering became sin that we may become the righteousness of God through him(2 Corinthians 5:21)RoR. It is not right living and good deeds that make you righteous but righteousness that makes you live right.  It is impossible to live right without righteousness. Half the time, when people think they are living right, they aren’t because they are either doing things to please others or for their own selfish benefit. Righteousness comes with love. Love will compel you to do right, not because its expected but because you love God and you love the next person.

Get to know Christ. Receive the gift of righteousness and reign in life through him. Romans 5:17.

God Bless you.