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"As we have therefore opportunity,
let us do good unto all men,
especially unto them who are of the household of faith."
Galatians 6:10
 
Rivalry in God's Family
 
Yesterday evening I filled up my hummingbird feeder, and then sat out on the back deck to enjoy nature's surroundings a little before getting ready for work. I watched the hummingbird's swoop to and fro
to enjoy the fresh sugar water I had placed in the feeder.
 
But I noticed one in particular little rascal.
She was determined to chase off the rest of them. She sat on my clothes line and actually swooped down and ran off any and all who tried to drink from it. While the chase is on, others sneak a sip or two, only to be driven off!
Rather amazing to watch this act of rivalry
among such little creatures.
 
This action puts to mind an example of grace.
I purchased the feeder, and supply the sugar water. The birds did not earn it ~ they receive it.
Yet they fight over who may enjoy it!
How like the people of God!
 
All we have or are that is worthwhile is the gift
of God's pure grace. And yet many are proud, self-centered, envious, and quarrelsome.
Often Christian's fight over God's good gifts
rather than expressing their gratitude in
humility and sharing what they have been given with others.
 
Just as I am confronted with rivalry in my yard,
I imagine God is confronted daily with rivalry in His.


 


"Lord Dictated Them"


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