Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Chicken in the Woods

There is a story behind this sweet chicken. Several weeks ago we were coming back home from dropping something off and stopped to get the mail. I suddenly saw this chicken in the woods across the street and went over with my brother to find her. She was relatively friendly so we caught her and put her in a cage. I thought about possible owners and came to the conclusion that she probably belongs to a man farther up in our subdivision. He didn't answer his phone so I went up and asked him if it was his. He told me it was his but he did not want them anymore so I could go ahead and keep her.

This story's beginning sounds like what the Lord did for us, doesn't it? My sweet little girl was out in the woods with tons of predators surrounding her and ready to close in as soon as night fell.

But she was rescued from that fate!

Romans 3:23 says:
"For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God."

She had no reason to be saved, she had no hope. So much like us, we were lost and in need of someone to protect us and help us. Ephesians 2:8-9 states:
"For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast."

There was no one else to rescue her out in the woods. The closest neighbors wouldn't have cared. We read in Acts 4:10 that:

"And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved."

No one cared about her. Just like us, the world doesn't want us nor does it care about us. Jesus Christ came because He loves us and cares for us! He will not let us die if we only lean on Him and trust Him with our lives. 2 Corinthians 6:2 says:

"...For He says, "At the acceptable time I listened to you, and on the day of salvation I helped you." Behold, now is the acceptable time," behold, now is "the day of salvation."

I am sure we all can quote John 3:16 by memory, but read it carefully once more.

"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life."

God loves you enough to send His Son to save us! That is a magnificent gift. Just like the chicken in the woods, we are helpless and in need of a Savior. Just like the owner of the chicken did not want her, the world will dump us out. Only Jesus truly loves us. If you do not know the Lord Jesus as your personal Savior you can do so right now.

ADMIT you're a sinner, that you need Christ as your savior, and that all those who call on the Lord Jesus and obey Him will be saved. You can't be saved without Him, nor add to or take from what Christ has done for you (Romans 3:23, 5:8, 6:23).

BELIEVE the Lord Jesus Christ is the Son of the Living God. You can know He is Who He says He is by the hundreds of prophecies that came true in His Life. Many things foretold hundreds of years before His birth came true in His lifetime, and others He Himself made came true later (Romans 10:9, 10:10).

CONFESS to the Lord and admit to yourself that you have responsibilities and that you have commitments as a believer and follower of Jesus Christ. The more you know about the Lord Jesus Christ, the more you'll want to tell other people about Him (Romans 10:13, 11:36, John 1:1).
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Michael said...

That's great Matthew!

Lady Victoria said...

Awesome analogy Matt, the only thing that would make it perfect was if she wasn't friendly and attacked you and you saved her anyway. Just like we did to God, but He saved us anyway.

Allison said...

That was a really neat post Matthew, I loved the analogy =)

God bless!

Stephy S. said...

I love this article!
Great job, Matthew.
- Stephy S.