Mistaken Identity?

13 10 2011

Thursday October 13, 2011: Scripture Reading – Hosea 1:7; 1 Corinthians 2:3-4; 2 Corinthians 10:4-6

“One day a prairie chicken found an egg and sat on it until it hatched. Unbeknownst to the prairie chicken, the egg was an eagle egg, abandoned for some reason. That’s how an eagle came to be born into a family of prairie chickens. While the eagle is the greatest of all birds, soaring above the heights with grace and ease, the prairie chicken doesn’t even know how to fly. In fact, prairie chickens are so lowly that they eat garbage.

Predictably, the little eagle, being raised in a family of prairie chickens, thought he was a prairie chicken. He walked around, ate garbage, and clucked like a prairie chicken. One day he looked up to see a majestic bald eagle soar through the air, dipping and turning. When he asked his family what it was, they responded, ‘It’s an eagle. But you could never be like that because you are just a prairie chicken.’ Then they returned to pecking the garbage.

The eagle spent his whole life looking up at eagles, longing to join them among the clouds. It never once occurred to him to lift his wings and try to fly. The eagle died thinking he was just a prairie chicken.”[1]

We might respond to that story by thinking to ourselves, “Poor eagle! What a wasted life!” I wonder though how many Christians in our world live exactly like this eagle, with mistaken identity. The truth is that the power of the gospel, when genuinely received and believed, transforms us into new creatures! That’s why Paul said that he preached not with persuasive words of human wisdom that produce a false faith with human wisdom as its object, but rather with the demonstration of the Spirit of power. Spirit filled power produces Spirit filled faith that lives out the power of God.

That same power of God demonstrated by the proclamation of the gospel is what every believer is to put to use in the spiritual battlefields of life, breaking down strongholds and casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against God. The fact remains that this power has to be put to use by the Christian in order to soar like an eagle and stop living like a prairie chicken.

Think back to the time when you first put your faith in Christ. How has the power of the gospel changed you since then? How are you living differently today than you did before you met Christ?

In what area(s) of life are you still pecking around the garbage instead of soaring to new heights of victory? Commit these areas to God in prayer and yield to His power to overcome defeat and live in victory today.


[1] Rice, Wayne, Hot Illustrations for Youth Talks. Zondervan Publishing:Grand Rapids,MI.


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