GET TOGETHER – Manna or Roadkill ?
Lu 3:22 And the Holy Spirit descended in bodily form like a dove upon Him, and a voice came from heaven which said, “You are My beloved Son; in You I am well pleased.”
This morning as me and one of very good friends were riding around the beautiful countryside here in Marion County we noticed how many doves were near the road. They were in several of the fields that we passed by. I get so fired up when I see a dove.
They remind me of the Holy Spirit. We know that the Holy Spirit isn’t a bird. He is the third Person of the Godhead. On the other hand, they are a great a reminder of the grace, love, and favor of God.
We also saw several buzzards eating the roadkill on the side of the road. My friend pointed out that the buzzards are necessary to clean up some of the dead stuff that is on the side of the road and in other places.
As I was being prompted to write about this, I was thinking about how the dove reminds us of the difference in walking in the Spirit and not in the flesh. When we walk in the Spirit, we bring life to places where there needs to be life. When we walk in the Spirit, we will speak different than if we walk in the flesh. Remember the words that Jesus spoke about His words that He spoke? Joh 6:63 “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.(NKJV) So when I see a dove it reminds me of the life giving ever present Holy Spirit. He sends that good manna from above.
When I see a buzzard, it reminds me of gossip, or fault finding. Here in Marion County we call it roadkill. I am glad that God created the buzzards to eat roadkill and not us human beings. Roadkill can come in a lot of forms. We are told in the Bible in several passages not to eat the roadkill. Here are just a few: Eph 4:31 “Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice.” Tit 3:2 to speak evil of no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing all humility to all men.”
That is a challenge for us. We live in a culture where often if we speak the truth concerning marriage and other current issues in our culture we may get labeled as haters, ignorant, or called some other name. We are to always speak the truth in love. We are told that in Eph 4:15 “but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head–Christ”(NKJV). And remember that Jesus was full of grace, and full of truth. We are told that in Joh 1:17 For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. (NKJV) Jesus spoke the truth. But Jesus didn’t eat, or serve up roadkill. So, in this time when we may be persecuted for taking Biblical stands on a lot of issues in our culture. When that happens may we feast on the manna that the Holy Spirit gives us to feast upon. It just might bring some of the roadkill eaters over to the other side of the road where the Holy Spirit is dishing out the manna. So today make your mind up about what you desire to eat. Do you desire to eat the manna that the Holy Spirit sends from above? Or do you want to join the buzzards and eat the roadkill and dispense it to others?
Let Us Pray
Lord today in a culture where there is so much roadkill out there. Help us to be Holy Spirit lead purveyors of the manna that comes from above. May we release as the old song goes “beautiful words, wonderful words of life”
In Jesus Name
Love You All
Your Friend/ Kinfolk
PS For those in Northwest Alabama our Broadcast Redeeming the Time comes on at 9:30 A.M. AND 9:30 P.M. on Sunday morning and Sunday night. I am currently preaching a Sermon Series called The I-22 Sermon Series. That is on Spectrum Channel 10. In Jasper I believe it is on TV 16.