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by | Jan 16, 2016 | Denominations, Lessons from A Cockatiel (A Mini-Series), Lessons From Pets, Religion

Today’s mini-sermon is the last of a three part series. These have been inspired by recent happenings that involved Rocket, our “male” Cockatiel who “turned” female the day she laid an egg. In a matter of minutes, our loving, sociable pet turned into an over-protective monster . . .

“You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to the traditions of men.” (Mark 7:8)

Actually, we were all kind of proud of Rocket for her tenacity, sitting there day in and day out, hovering over what in the end totalled 5 eggs. But there was a sad note to this whole story. After all of that poor bird’s efforts, all of the hardships she put herself through, all of her protectiveness, it was guaranteed from the beginning that the eggs would NEVER hatch. Why? Because we only have one cockatiel! The eggs were infertile!

How often have you worked hard on something, protecting it, defending it, caring for it, only to find out that it was all for naught? Perhaps it was some business venture you’ve invested all of your time and energy into, only to have it flop. Maybe it was a book you’ve written, only to have it never be published. Or–could it be a certain doctrinal belief or tradition that you’ve grown up with, which just doesn’t seem to fit 100% with what you read in the Bible? The Pharisees knew all about this. They very carefully guarded the law like a mother bird would guard her nest. What they didn’t understand was that the law was as powerless to bring them salvation as Rocket’s eggs were powerless to hatch. And this is why Jesus admonished them with the following words: “You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to the traditions of men.” (Mark 7:8)

Take a hard look at your lives, my friends! Is it possible that you are sitting on “infertile eggs”?  Are there any “traditions of men” in your lives? Never forget, no matter what you are doing, no matter what you believe, if it’s not in accordance with the Word of God, it is an “infertile egg” — Nothing will ever come of it! Asking God to bless it is it is like asking Him to make Rocket’s infertile eggs hatch!

Why then, doesn’t God just take away our “infertile eggs”?

The day Rocket laid her first egg, I called a local bird vet to see what I should do with it. I was told that if I took them away from her, she would most probably get sick, and she might even die. Needless to say, I left them with her until she wilfully abandoned them. Sounds kind of silly, doesn’t it, to allow a bird sit on a nest full of infertile eggs. But she needed to sit on them, and I had no other choice.

Just like Rocket might have gotten sick and died if we had removed her eggs, God, in His infinite mercy and wisdom, knows that sometimes we aren’t quite ready to give up our “infertile eggs”! He stands by us, every willing and ready to show us the Way, helping us to know when to it is time to get rid of them, but only when we are ready to deal with the issues. I praise God that He never pushes us faster or farther than we are ready to be pushed!

Father God, am I sitting on an “infertile egg”? Lord, open my eyes that I might see Your Truth! Show me where I am, in any way, straying from Your Word!

In His love,

Lyn Chaffart, Moderator, The Nugget, Scriptural Nuggets ( ), Answers2Prayer Ministries,

(To access the entire “Lessons From a Cockatiel” mini-series, please click here.)