Eagles, ducks, ponds, and skies
By Sparta Live | October 1, 2018 9:43 am
By Steve Qualls – Christpoint Church
If you send a duck to eagle school, it will frustrate the ducks. It will frustrate the eagles, and it will frustrate the school. A friend of mine speaking a few months back said, “You cannot pour into someone what God intentionally left out.”
Ducks that are in eagle school will slow down the eagles and likewise eagles would not learn to soar when placed into duck school. It’s not the duck’s fault or even the eagle’s fault. It’s just can’t happen. You see, we will disciple what we are, not what somebody else is. No matter how hard we try, eagles will never produce ducks, and ducks will never hatch eagles.
So you’re saying to yourself, “I think I understand ducks and eagles now, but where are we going with this?” Well, I’m glad you asked. Simply put, many of us may be looking at a person for our spiritual example and our growth in Christ. It is important that we correctly align ourselves with God’s plan for each of us to live victoriously in Christ, and the best place to find that plan is to go to the Bible and find it in scripture.
Let’s just break this plan down into three steps:
- Step one, the book of James chapter 4, “Draw close to God, and he will draw close to you.”
- Step two, John 12:32, Jesus said, “If I be lifted up I will draw all men to myself.”
- Step three, Matthew 28:19, “Go and make disciples.” So get close to God, lift Him up, and tell everyone.
This include eagles and ducks as well. I was on the lake last year and noticed an eagle in a tree on the steep hillside. But I also noticed ducks on the water as well. The ponds are full of ducks, but the skies aren’t packed with eagles. Eagles are a rarity. Eagles soar high and often fly toward the storms in order to go higher by the lifting currents. Eagles command the skies, while ducks mostly remain content to stay on the pond. Both are majestic in their own way. Both are needful and beautiful to look at. But no matter how hard we try, we can’t turn a duck into an eagle any easier than we can change an eagle into a duck. But here’s one thing I do know and that is some folks around us will fly high and some will stay on the pond, but everyone, no matter where they are, needs an invitation to the waters edge.
Get close to God, lift him up, and tell everyone. That’s a good plan to reach the lost and encourage the believer, and I think it’s OK if you’re a duck, and it’s OK if you’re an eagle. It’s also OK for ducks to invite other ducks to the pond. Everyone is important and vital to the building of the kingdom of God. Yes, the eagle may soar higher, but the ducks team together when the temperature falls to keep the pond from freezing over.
So, when the plan is to get close to God, lift him up and tell everyone. No one is saying you have to sell everything and enter the mission field overseas. It may be that your own neighborhood needs the water stirred down the street from time to time. It may also be that your neighbors may just need to see you flying high when no one else is.
I would love to see you, my friends, at Christpoint Church, this Sunday at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m., in Sparta, and 11 a.m., in Smithville. Maybe we’ll talk a little more about ducks and eagles.
We’re real people, living real lives, serving a real God. Welcome home.