Pro 27:8 As a bird that wanders from her nest, so is a man who wanders from his place.
One of the things that I love about my home is that it has a small yard with a bird-feeder and we are surrounded by trees. That makes our little spot a great area for birds to build their nests and for us to so some bird-watching. Robins are particularly plentiful here and I have watched several families with young fledglings learning how to seek out some delicious insects to snack upon.
The other evening, I noticed one young robin, who had been separated from it’s family, sitting quite close to the house. The next morning, it was in the same place. As I was hanging out my laundry, I noticed that the fledgling wasn’t moving very far. In fact, I was able to go right up to it, which is very unusual. I thought that maybe it had somehow become separated from it’s family group and that it may be hungry. As much as I love nature, I was unwilling to go down on my hands and knees in the grass to search for a juicy worm that I could pull out with my mouth and then put it into yonder hungry chick’s beak! So I decided to try casting a few bird-seeds in the robin’s general direction as it had been half-heartedly pecking at the perlite bits in my garden. Unfortunately, young birdie just blinked it’s eye and then stared at me with a “what were you thinking?” expression.
Wee birdie continued to stay put even while I was watering my flowers and it was in the path of the sprinkling water. I decided to see if I could pick up the robin to check it over to see if anything was wrong with it. There is something wonderful about holding a soft, warm, wild creature in your hand. I tenderly checked it over but could see no physical injury.
I then came up with a cunning plan. I could hear and see other young robins calling to their parents so I thought that if I put my little friend where the other robins were, it might start calling out too and get fed. I moved it to the new location and then went on with my house-work.
About an hour later, I checked on the robin only to be dismayed to see that it had flopped, head-first into the grass with it’s tail sticking way up in the air. Momma to the rescue! I ran over and gently picked it up and thinking that it might be thirsty, I tried dripping water into it’s mouth, one drop at a time. Unfortunately, it refused to drink and as I gently held that sweet little bird in my hand, I watched it’s eyes glaze over as it’s life slowly left it’s little body.
I was very sad that in spite of all that I had tried to do for the robin, it still died.
I think that God must feel very much like I did, in that despite all that He has done for mankind, many continue to live spiritually dead and to physically die in that state.
Like the baby robin who was separated from it’s parents, we have been separated from our Heavenly Father by sin.
Rom 5:12 Therefore, even as through one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin, and so death passed on all men inasmuch as all sinned:
1Jn 3:8 He who practices sin is of the Devil, for the Devil sins from the beginning.
Col 1:21 And you, who were once alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works,…
Unlike the baby robin whose parents did not seek him out to help him, our Father is actively seeking us to bring us back into His home through His son, Jesus Christ.
Luk 19:10 For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.
Young robins stick pretty close to their parent(s) and if they do get separated, the young birds have a special call that they make to call the parent bird back. My little robin made no effort or call to seek it’s parents. People are like that with God. They either never seek God out in the first place or they refuse to call on Him when they need Him.
Php 2:21 For all seek their own, not the things which are of Jesus Christ.
Act 7:51 O stiff-necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears! You always resist the Holy Spirit. As your fathers did, so you do.
The baby robin refused to eat the seed that I spread before him but rather he pecked at garbage in the garden. Much of mankind also refuses to eat of the Bread of Life, Jesus Christ, whom God has set before us.
Joh 6:50 This is the Bread which comes down from Heaven, so that a man may eat of it and not die.
Joh 6:51 I am the Living Bread which came down from Heaven. If anyone eats of this Bread, he shall live forever. And truly the bread that I will give is My flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.
Instead of filling themselves with something that will give them eternal life, Man fills itself with worldly garbage which brings death.
1Co 10:7 Nor should we be idolaters, even as some of them, as it is written: “The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.”
The little robin was hot from having sat in the sun, but even though I dropped cool water onto it’s beak, it would not drink. People also refuse to take a drink of the Living Water found in Jesus Christ.
Joh 4:10 Jesus answered and said to her, If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that says to you, Give Me to drink, you would have asked of Him, and He would have given you living water.
Joh 4:14 but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst, but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.
Just as I grieved the death of that robin, God grieves for those who are dead in trespasses and sins. He longs to bring us back into sweet fellowship in His family.
Joh 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only-begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
So don’t be like that baby robin – seek God; call out to God; eat of the Bread of Life; drink of the Living Water and you “will not die but have eternal life”!
Joh 6:53 Then Jesus says to them, Truly, truly, I say to you, Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man, and drink His blood, you do not have life in yourselves.
Joh 6:54 Whoever partakes of My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.
Joh 6:55 For My flesh is food indeed, and My blood is drink indeed.
Joh 6:56 He who partakes of My flesh and drinks My blood dwells in Me, and I in him.