A Push From Mum

 

‘Like an eagle stirs up its nest and hovers over its young, that spreads its wings to catch them…’ Deuteronomy 32:11 NIV

A mother eagle knows that if she waits for her young to get out of the nest and fly on their own initiative, it’ll never happen. So she pushes them out.

So what about that comfort zone of yours then? We resist moving outside our comfort zone because we don’t want to fall on our faces. And when we stay inside our comfort zones, it’s the easiest thing in the world to become complacent. Imagine if you hadn’t made the hard decision to brave the cold and move out of the comfy-zone of your bed this morning. You’d get sucked into that warm-bed-magnet-trap. And you’d have got absolutely nothing done today at all.

Eager to get going in doing things for God but don’t know how? June Munday shares about her friend who ‘started a café for homeless people… when I asked him about this “calling” he said: “Well, you hardly need to wait for that. There’s plenty in the Bible telling you to feed the hungry.”’

You don’t have to wait for your own particular dream or vision to start moving into your calling. God’s dreams for the world, as seen in the Gospel stories of Jesus, give us loads to aim for.

Oh, and the mother eagle? After encouraging the little ones to leave, she carries them safely onto their flying lesson. God’s got you.

SoulFood: Gal 5:22, Lk 19:11–26, Ps 36:5–9, Heb 10:19–23

word4today an adaptation of The Word For Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright © 2018

Today’s Readings

Galatians 5:22 ()

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22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,

Luke 19:11–26 ()

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11 As they heard these things, he proceeded to tell a parable, because he was near to Jerusalem, and because they supposed that the kingdom of God was to appear immediately. 12 He said therefore, “A nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom and then return. 13 Calling ten of his servants, he gave them ten minas, and said to them, ‘Engage in business until I come.’ 14 But his citizens hated him and sent a delegation after him, saying, ‘We do not want this man to reign over us.’ 15 When he returned, having received the kingdom, he ordered these servants to whom he had given the money to be called to him, that he might know what they had gained by doing business. 16 The first came before him, saying, ‘Lord, your mina has made ten minas more.’ 17 And he said to him, ‘Well done, good servant! Because you have been faithful in a very little, you shall have authority over ten cities.’ 18 And the second came, saying, ‘Lord, your mina has made five minas.’ 19 And he said to him, ‘And you are to be over five cities.’ 20 Then another came, saying, ‘Lord, here is your mina, which I kept laid away in a handkerchief; 21 for I was afraid of you, because you are a severe man. You take what you did not deposit, and reap what you did not sow.’ 22 He said to him, ‘I will condemn you with your own words, you wicked servant! You knew that I was a severe man, taking what I did not deposit and reaping what I did not sow? 23 Why then did you not put my money in the bank, and at my coming I might have collected it with interest?’ 24 And he said to those who stood by, ‘Take the mina from him, and give it to the one who has the ten minas.’ 25 And they said to him, ‘Lord, he has ten minas!’ 26 ‘I tell you that to everyone who has, more will be given, but from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.

Psalm 36:5–9 ()

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  Your steadfast love, O LORD, extends to the heavens,
    your faithfulness to the clouds.
  Your righteousness is like the mountains of God;
    your judgments are like the great deep;
    man and beast you save, O LORD.
  How precious is your steadfast love, O God!
    The children of mankind take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
  They feast on the abundance of your house,
    and you give them drink from the river of your delights.
  For with you is the fountain of life;
    in your light do we see light.

Hebrews 10:19–23 ()

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19 Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, 20 by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.

Sun 13 May, 2018


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