Wild goose or tame geese?

Speaking to his fellow disciples, Peter wrote: “you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light” (1 Peter 2:9).

They are chosen, royal, holy and special. Why? So that they can “declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”

We do that. Sometimes. But not always. It can just be so easy to blend in—to cozy up to comfort. To forget. To dismiss. To take-for-granted.

Soren Kierkegaard tells a telling story: “There was once a wild goose who went to live with some tame geese. He was committed to liberate them from their mediocre lives. The wild goose lived with the tame geese for a year, and he enjoyed the rich food, comfortable shelter and easy life. Each year, when the wild geese flew overhead, he would flutter his wings, prepare to join them, but settle down again in the farmyard. Ten years passed and the wild goose became tame, and it forgot how to fly.”*

That story is a warning. If we get too comfortable and familiar with the misplaced rhythms of our world we too will forget how to fly.

The way to flap our wings is to “declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”

Don’t be afraid to stand out—to shine the light you were made to reflect: Declare. Praise. Thank. Sing. Love. Pray. Help. Celebrate.

Some days you might feel stuck in the muck. But the sky is closer than you think.

By Matthew Ruttan

–Today’s “Up!” is connected to my latest sermon, Part 4 in the Armageddon series: “The daily difference any of it makes.” You can listen here. Enjoy!
–Did you miss my video about How to Memorize a Bible Passage? If so, you can watch it on YouTube here.
–*As quoted in: R. Paul Stevens, End Times: Practical Heavenly Mindedness (Downer’s Grove: IVP Connect, 1994), 52.
–Bible quotes are from the NIV.

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