2014-05-06 - Cowbird Christians
Galations 6:4-10 (The Message) 4-5 Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourself into that. Dont be impressed with yourself. Dont compare yourself with others. Each of you must take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your own life.
Richard and I have been avid birders for 25 years. At this time of year, a birders excitement builds, as Northern Cardinals, Carolina Wrens and many other songbirds build their nests and raise their young. But the Brownheaded Cowbird wants to take the lazy way out. They dont bother to make a nest. Instead, they lay their eggs in the nests of other birds, and then ignore them. The Cowbirds are parasitic. This can be detrimental to the other birds fledglings, because there is only so much food to go around. So most birders try to discourage Cowbirds from taking up residence in their yards.
We Christians sometimes behave like Cowbirds. We go to church on Sundays, but we expect others to do the work. Songs to be sung? Someone else can do it. Yards to be mown? Someone else can do it. Using our gift of teaching in a class? Someone else can do that, and everything else that needs to be accomplished, to keep Gods local churches going and growing.
But this isnt Gods plan; He endowed us all with spiritual gifts and opportunities, and expects us to use them to glorify Him, and to build up the local church.
If you arent already active in serving in a local church, I encourage you to ask God to show you His place for you. It will not only benefit the church; its for your own good, as well. God can get along without us. But in His plan, He allows us to participate. Not only is a serving life more obedient, but its also more fulfilling.
Janice P. Moser
All scripture references are from the NASB unless otherwise noted.