of The Message
I am concluding our series of messages about Don't Throw
Away Tomorrow; more specifically, Lessons To Learn for our
Tomorrows. Those are great words. It is a great statement,
but it's easier said than done. One of the things we have
to realize about throwing away our tomorrows is that it's
very easy for us to forget today in the process of looking
is a Norwegian tale about a young man who is out walking
through the forest and he comes upon an egg. He is stunned
when he sees the egg and he reaches down, picks it up and
notices that it is still warm. He runs back to his farm
and hides the egg in the chicken coop among the rest of
the chicken eggs. He knew the chickens would sit on the
egg and hatch it. Every day he waited in anticipation wondering
what was going to come out of that egg. Finally, the day
came and it wasn't a cute little fuzzy chicken; rather,
it had a gnarly bill and it had claws for feet. Its feathers
were brown and ugly. The young boy was rather disappointed
as he looked at this ugly chicken of a thing that he had
found. This bird-like thing continued to grow and it continued
to live among the chickens. Having been born in a chicken
coop, and been raised in a chicken coop, and living in a
chicken coop, he thought he was a chicken. So he would rummage
around the farm like all the other chickens and he acted
like a chicken but he didn't look like a chicken. He continued
to grow and he became handsome and strong and one day he
looked up in the air high above his head. He could see a
bird flying. It was an eagle! Suddenly he realized he was
an eagle born in a chicken world! He spread his wings and
he began to take flight and he left the chicken world to
be what he was made to be, an eagle.
there are millions of people who are living in this world
with a chicken-like attitude because they've been raised
with chickens. That is all they know. They go through life
looking for little pieces of seed and grain in the dirt
and the sand living a chicken life instead of living the
life they were called to live, to stretch out their wings
and allow the Holy Spirit of God to put wind beneath their
wings and give them the ability to soar like the eagles.
we do today, creates the tomorrow where we can become the
person that God has called us to be. For some it begins
when they are young. I was very fortunate in that from the
time I was young I knew what I wanted to be when I grew
up. I always knew I wanted to be a minister. I would pray
the prayer, "Dear God help me to be a minister when
I grow up." I knew I would go to high school and I
would go to college and I would go to seminary and the time
would come that I would be an ordained minister. I declared
my destiny. Declaring your destiny is the first step in
realizing and becoming the person that God has called you
to be. Put aside the humanity and embrace the spiritual
aspects of who you are and become that which you have been
called to be. Declare it. Pronounce it. Pray about it and
make it happen. It happens when we begin to make those choices
in our lives.
good friend of mine by the name of Phil Munsey, who is the
pastor of Life Church in Mission Viejo, California, says
"we make the choice, God makes the change." Isn’t that good? We make the choice and God comes in and His spirit transforms
us. The change begins and we start transforming from human
beings to spiritual beings. We start transforming from the
chicken world to the eagle world. It begins by declaring
our destiny. Once we declare our destiny, then we have to
chart our course. For me, it was going to high school and
college and seminary. When you declare your destiny then
you have to chart a course. You have to figure out how to
get to where you want to go.
family and I go to Hawaii every once in a while and when
we get to Hawaii, the thing we like doing more than just
about anything else is hiking. We have a book that shows
us the hiking trails in the mountains of Hawaii and without
this book we would never find the trails. Once we found
the trails, we would have no idea what we were doing and
where we were going without our hiking guidebook. We would
get lost in the jungles of Hawaii! We would never reach
our destination. We have found that most of the trails take
you to a waterfall and a pool of water so that when you
have hiked through the mud up to your ankles, you have a
tremendous reward by being able to bathe in this fresh pool
and feel the waterfall - it’s absolutely wonderful! We would never get to the waterfall if we didn't
have the directions that helped us chart our course so that
we could arrive at our destiny.
today by declaring your destiny. Embrace today by charting
your course. Embrace today by enduring to the very end. Luke 9:62 says: "anyone having put his hand to the
plow and looking back is not fit for the kingdom of heaven."
We all have a destiny, every single person has
been called by God for a purpose and for a reason.
question is, why is it that people don't declare their destiny?
Why is it people don't chart their course? Why is it that
people continue to live in this chicken world of ours? According
to the scriptures, it is because of a thing called sin.
You know, sin is an interesting thing. There are lots of
different ways to understand it, but it really is about
separation from God. Sin is a separation between us and
God. Spiritually, I see sin as a lack of faith. As individuals
we have been called by God. We have been empowered by God.
We have been given the Grace of God. Our lack of faith always
puts us into the position where we think, "I don't
know, God are you real? God, are you really there?"
A lack of faith makes us worry and it gives us anxiety and
stress and we spend most of our time stressing over things
which never even happen. This lack of faith forces us or
equips us to act a sinful life. The kind of thing that most
people think about immediately when they hear the word sin
is behavior that is not becoming to a spiritual person,
behavior which is not becoming to a person of God, behavior
which is not edifying and doesn't build you up. Sin tears
you down and destroys your life.
how do we conquer this sin? How do we overcome the sin that
holds up back and prevents us from declaring our destiny
and charting our course and enduring to the very end? In
Revelations 2:10, Jesus says, "be faithful unto
death and I will give you the crown of life." Be
faithful unto death and I, Jesus Christ, will give you the
crown of life. So we read these words and they give us hope
and they give us joy and they give us purpose. We also read
in Philippians 1:6, "He who began a good work in you will
carry it to completion." So, we are not
in this life alone, but we are in it with Jesus Christ.
God is our support. He is the wind beneath our wings. We
make the choice, God makes the change. As we continue to
embrace our faith and do what we can do today, tomorrow
becomes a new day. There will come times in our life where
we look back and we see that we have failed. I can look
back in my life and see many failures. But, the fact is
that God takes those failures and turns them into good.
He creates new opportunities and he gives us another chance.
Suddenly we can begin to dream new dreams, we can dare to
dream. We can begin to declare the destiny that God has
given to every single one of us. We chart the course. We
start to make the plans to fulfill our destiny.
will never go through life without making mistakes, without
missing the mark, without failure. When we get to a point
where we see that sin has really destroyed our lives, it’s time to simply stop, to re-evaluate what we have done - to repent,
change our ways and go on. God has come to bring healing
and wholeness and health to people. He has come to put the
wind under your wings to help you soar with the eagles and
become the person that you have been called to be.
throw away today in hopes of tomorrow. Embrace today to
empower tomorrow. Embrace today that your tomorrows will
give you the eagle's wings to soar and be the person that
God has called you to be. Declare your destiny. Chart your
course, and then simply endure to the very end.
Heavenly Father, we thank you that you give us the power
to endure, the power to dream, the power to create, the
power to be the person that you have called us to be. Give
us the faith to break through the sin that holds us back.
Give us the faith to soar with eagles wings. We love you
Lord and we praise your name always and forever. Amen.