This spring, I’ve noticed that there are a lot of birds around our house. They are quite fascinating to watch. Cardinals, Robins, and Sparrows are the most prominent.
I decided that I would make a bird house for my daughter to paint. We added a feeder part on the front and it’s now in the tree right outside our front window.
I was watching the sparrows recently eating at the feeder. They would get a few seeds then look up and around, then down get a few seeds, then up and look around. It almost looked like they were looking around for danger.
I started thinking about us as Christians. How often are we looking around for danger? We are told in the Bible to be vigilent.
1 Peter 5:8 Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.
We have an enemy who’ll take advantage of us at any moment. He’ll attack us when we are feeling weak. He’ll attack us when we are feeling strong, when we feel nothing can go wrong. We are to be ‘sober-minded’. Some may take this verse as to say that Christians are never to consume alcohol. To a certain point, I agree. But what I think this part of the verse is saying is to not have anything that will affect our minds. Whether this be alcoholic beverages or constant news, social media etc. Anything that can take our mind off of God.
Matthew 24:4-5 And Jesus answered them, “See that no one leads you astray. For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and they will lead many astray.
This is especially true. We need to double check and triple check what we are being taught is accurate. When we go to church each Sunday and hear a sermon, do we go home and check to make sure what the preacher said is accurate and true? How about articles you read online? Have you checked your Bible to make sure that the verses I quoted are right? It would be easy to type something that looks right just to make a point.
This all goes back to are we watching out for the danger we are told is alive and well?
Remember the birds. Watch out!