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Feed Yourself or Die

Posted on: 7-15-112011

Yesterday I heard a preacher on the radio tell the following story.  I thought it was very cute, but also had a message worth repeating. 

A man went into a pet store to buy a bird.  They had two parakeets…one cost $100.00 and the other one cost $25.00.  The man inquired as to why the price was so different because the birds looked identical.  The pet shop owner said that the $100 parakeet could talk a lot, but the $25.00 parakeet only said a few words.  The man took the $25.00 bird, figuring he could teach it more words.  A week later, he went back to the pet store and told the owner that the bird had failed to even make a peep.  The owner asked if he had been dinging his little bell.  The man told him that he didn’t have a bell.  The owner told him that was the problem…he said the bird always liked to ding the bell before talking.  So, the man bought a bell for $5.00.  The next week he returned, still having no luck getting the bird to talk at all.  The owner asked him if the bird had been running up and down his ladder.  The man told him that he didn’t have a ladder.  The pet store owner told him that was the problem…the bird liked to ding the bell and then run up and down the ladder before talking.  So, the man bought a ladder for $10.00.  The next week the man, once again, returned to the pet shop.  He complained that the bird still had not uttered a word.  The owner asked if the bird had been looking in the mirror.  The man said that he didn’t have a mirror.  The owner said the bird liked to ring the bell, run up and down the ladder, and then look in the mirror before talking.  The man purchased a mirror for $20.00.  The next week he returned again.  The bird still would not talk!  The pet store owner asked if the bird had been swinging on his swing.  The man didn’t even bother to tell him that the bird didn’t have one…he just asked the price.  That day he took a swing home for $40.00.  The next week the man came in and announced that the bird had finally talked.  He said that he dinged his little bell, ran up and down the ladder, looked in the mirror, and swang in his swing.  Then, he said he spread his wings, fell to the bottom of his cage on his back, looked up at the man and said, “Don’t they sell any birdseed at that pet store you go to?”  Then, he died.

The preacher said that there was a lesson for us to learn from the bird…we can have all the bells and whistles of Christianity, but without the Word of God feeding us, we’re as good as dead.  We can wear the cross around our neck, a Christian t-shirt, have a fish on our car, go to every single activity that our church offers, and serve on every church committee known to man, but if we’re not studying the Word of God deeply and allowing it to “feed” us, we will starve to death!  Nothing can replace what God’s Word can give us! We need to dive deep into the Word daily and “feast” on all that God has to offer us!

“Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.”  Colossians 3:16

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