A Texas rancher was hunting in the mountains and came upon an eagle’s nest. He took one of the eggs back home with him and placed it under a setting hen. The eagle hatched, and was cared for by the mother hen. For some period of time, the eagle seemed perfectly content to remain in the barnyard and feed along with the chickens. But one day, it heard the harsh scream of a mature eagle, swooping down in search of prey. In the blink of an eye, the young eagle ascended into the sky and was never seen again. He had found his new home in the mountainside cliffs, for he was not made for the barnyard dirt.
When we draw close to the Lord, we will have just a glimpse of life in heaven, where we will be face-to-face with Jesus. We were not made to live in the barnyard dirt of this world. We are not meant to walk in the mire of darkness and despair. We were meant to fly with wings like an eagle and soar with the wind of the Holy Spirit.
But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 41:31
Are you living in the barnyard dirt of the world, the flesh, and the devil, or are you flying with wings like an eagle and soaring with the wind of the Holy Spirit? If the former, what is holding you back? SO WHAT? Is there ever any good reason to live in the flesh when you can soar like an eagle in the Spirit?
Now consider those closest to you, and those the Lord brings across your path. Are they in the barnyard dirt or soaring in the wind of the Spirit? You know how they can be set free – through the blood of Christ. Will you share it with them?
Adapted from: “Set My Heart on Fire” by Catherine Martin
To God be the glory
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