MONDAY 8TH MAY, 2017 READ – Day: Mark 11; Night: Jug 18-19
THEME: HUMMING BIRD WAR
TEXT: EPHESIANS 2: 1 – 10
HYMN: EMHB 717 – Help us to help each other, Lord
The source of the story of “humming bird war” is unknown. Jay E. Adams writes that under the roof in his backyard hangs a humming bird feeder that he keeps, filled with sugar water. There are four openings in it from which birds may suck the nectar. Yet, day after day, from early morning until after dusk, the feeder is the source of the birds’ war – one bird chases all the others away!
There is room for four birds at a time, but the stronger one, who now ‘owns’ the feeder, will not let the others suck. All day long he sits on the branch of a nearby tree guarding ‘his’ feeder and defying others to transgress on what he has established as ‘his’ territory.
Jay E. Adams bought the feeder; supplied the sugar water. The birds do not own nor earn it; they received it all by grace. Yet, day after day, they fight over who may enjoy it. How like the people of God! All we have are the gifts of God’s pure grace (Ephesians 2:8-10). Yet, we are so proud, self-centered, envious, and quarrelsome. Often, we fight over God’s good gifts rather than express our gratitude to Him in humility, and share with others what we have been given. The world teaches us Cain’s philosophy of life: “Am I my brother’s keeper?” (Gen 4:9) The Lord’s answer is YES, you are! You are created in Christ Jesus for good works and to help others.
MEMORY VERSE: Ephesians 2:10 “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”
PRAYER: By loving the brethren, O Lord, let me know You; by serving my neighbours let me be filled with joy. Let Your grace be sufficient for me. Amen.