Friday, March 23, 2012

The Tiny Chickadee

Bare branches swung erratically in cold March winds, strong enough to uproot some trees. Thankfully, in my backyard the wind only tossed some branches at the foot of one tall tree.

During the storm I spied a tiny chickadee clinging to a swinging branch. We are to be like that chickadee. The apostle Paul writes, “Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming” (Ephesians 4:14, NIV).

Believers must cling to the truth of God’s Word at all cost—not be swayed by false doctrine. Powerful winds could not dislodge that chickadee from its branch. Likewise, no evil will be able to separate us from God.

These days too many lay emphasis on unity at the expense of truth. This means that some people may think that they are saved when they are not. Instead of trusting on the shed blood of Jesus alone to redeem them, they add their own works or allegiance to their church. Counting on Jesus plus something else for salvation is a recipe for disaster.