Pastors Pen - Joan Scheffler

In our chicken yard, we have quite a few chickens of different breeding: Light Brahmas, Ameraucanas, Rhode Island Reds, and Barred Rock. We also have seven guineas. Two of the Ameraucanas look so much alike that we can’t tell which is which, so we just refer to them as “The Twins.” It doesn’t matter which one we see, it’s “The Twin.”


            Almost daily, one of the twins is adventurous enough to fly over the fence and wander around the big yard with the guineas, who, of course, cannot be contained by a mere fence. This makes her more vulnerable to predators who happen to be passing by. The guineas immediately fly for a tree, but chickens tend to run from a predator, and are usually caught.


            Now, you might ask what does a chicken have to do with anything Biblical, but I challenge you to think about this: Are you one of the chickens who sits in the hen house all day doing what hens do? Or are you up and over the fence, going on an adventure with God? Maybe even putting yourself at risk or in danger?


            In this day and age, our lives have been turned upside down. What was right is now wrong, and what was wrong is now right; and it gets crazier with each passing day. The one thing that stays the same is God. He is the Creator of all things, and He is the same yesterday, today, and always will be. God does not change; nor, does He change His mind about what He calls sin. When we put ourselves out there — over the fence — and we are on an adventure with God, we are putting ourselves, as Christians, in a precarious position. 


            Jesus commanded us to share the Good News about Him (Matthew 28:18-20), that forgiveness of sins and salvation to eternal life comes only through belief in Him (John 14:6). When we go anywhere outside of our own homes, we are on an adventure with God because we should be excited and delighted to share this news with others. Think about it like this: if you are experiencing joy in knowing that you are saved through your belief in Jesus, why wouldn’t you want to share that with everyone you know? Wouldn’t you want them to experience that joy also? Because that is where our joy comes from — not from money, or things, or careers, or anything else. Those things can all be taken away from us. But not Jesus!


            And if you don’t have that sense of joy, you should examine your relationship with Jesus. Find a good Biblical church, and then learn to study the Bible and pray. I challenge you to take a risk and fly over the fence into His arms. It’s worth it because the pay-off is eternal life with Jesus in heaven.


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