Earlier today, as I was chatting with Joyce Bethy Ferguson (@Bethy), I was reminded of one of Aesop's Fables called The Jay and The Pea...
Uh... oh-oh. I seem to remember I used that word once at CB and it got censored and I got booted.
John ended up having to rescue me. I don't want to take a chance of that happening again so to be on take a look at that fine bird in the picture in the upper right hand corner. See that fine fellow? Hmm... rather than constantly referring to him as "That Fine Fellow", I will give him a name.
I think I'll call him Peter. Peter the Pea... oops! That was close!
Now for our story:
A Jay ventured into a yard where... Peter and his buddies used to walk. The Jay noticed a lot of feathers which had fallen while they were molting. The Jay gathered up all of the feathers he could find and tied them to his tail. Then he strutted up to Peter and his friends pretending that he was one of them.
However, they soon discovered what he really was and began to pluck away the borrowed plumes. All he could do was flee and join the other jays who were some distance away. They had watched the proceedings from a distance and said:
"It is not only fine feathers that make fine birds."
There are many "Jays" in the world today who strut about pretending to be Christians. They look right, sound right and act right. They put on "fine feathers" and strut about with other Christians declaring they are a follower of Jesus Christ. By all appearances they are genuine... but they are not. They are a counterfeit, just like that Jay was in the story. Just because someone claims to be a Christian, doesn't mean they are just like that Jay putting on feathers and hanging out with Peter and his friends did not make any difference in regards to what he was.
We may be able to fool the people at our church, our pastor, our friends and perhaps even our own family. We cannot, however, fool God. He sees past the feathers and knows who we really are and God will not be mocked.
Here's the good news, however. In Aesop's story, once a Jay always a Jay. However, in God's Story, we don't have to remain a "Jay" all of our days. Instead, if we so desire it and yield to God, He will transform us into something more beautiful and wonderful than we could ever dream possible.
Photo Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/25035545@N04/2543719624/
I am still a work in progress... Thank God that his mercy is new everyday! I heard someone say it's because we use up all of our mercy that is aloted for each day(lol). In my journey with Christ I have come to accept that I have good days and better days... And yet he still loves me. I love God for so many reasons too numerous to mention, but he is the one person ( to call him a person seems so insulting) who accepts me and he is the one person that I can always be myself around. I don't have to hide or pretend I can just be me. I hope to be able to reach that same level when dealing with other people. Free to admit that I am not perfect and that sometimes I don't practice what I preach... Im not where I want to be but thank God Im not where I used to be. Our christian journey is a continuous process. If being a Christian was easy and error free everyone would be one There are still days when I get up and say God forgive me for how behaved yesterday. The more I get to know God the more I hate it when I fail him.
I got censored quoting that word out of KJV. Seems it regards a bird, or a ... ... ... ..bad word. Don't guess John is a'gonna know which, so, good call John.
My neighbor had one of those 'birds?' when I was small, at the homeplace. Never read that story, thanks for sharing it. Good example. It is a heart thing. God Bless.