I have a friend of mine that branded me as a “nest kicker,” and I like that moniker. Because when you think about it, there are a lot of men who are still stuck in the nest. They have wings, and they are big enough and strong enough, but they just need something or someone to kick them out of the nest. I am glad to be that person. But by the way, just to let you know…the first person that I have to kick out of the nest “every day” is yours truly. The lesson is always for me…and if you benefit from it, then praise God.
When you think about it wouldn’t it be ridiculous to have wings, and have the ability to fly all around soaring through the skies and doing what you were designed to do just because you were too lazy to get off of your butt and fly? Well that is an epidemic with men (and I mean “Christian” men) in this world…and the result is that we are in a death spiral, and it is getting faster and faster every day, and someday…maybe soon…we will come to an end of that death spiral, and it won’t be pretty. Have you ever seen an aircraft crash? I am sure you have. Well they aren’t pretty; in fact, they are horrible because there is a carnage that not only affects those that die in the crash, but everyone that is exposed to it. All because the plane quit flying!!
But the great thing is that we aren’t the first to sit in the nest, and we won’t be the last. But God wants to kick us out and get us to spread our wings and fly!!! One of my favorite verses in bible is Acts 1:11. Maybe it is because I ain’t real bright and I don’t need to remember a lot of numbers …(actually it starts in verse 10…so humor me) but here is what it says.
Acts 1:10-11 (NIV)-10 They were looking intently up into the sky as He was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. 11 “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.”
In the apostles defense….they just saw their friend, Jesus lifted up into the sky. That just doesn’t happen every day. And oh by the way….Jesus was dead about 40 days before that. Arrested, beaten and crucified on a cross! Suffice to say…their world was a little shaken up. But these guys in white standing next to them (who weren’t there before by the way) said in today’s vernacular….”Dude….He told you what to do…now get in the name.” Get out of the nest….and FLY!!! (Dan’s paraphrase) You see…Jesus was the ultimate nest kicker, BECAUSE that was His plan for His work to be done on earth….by men that look like ME….and YOU!
You are probably saying….come on Dan…let’s not get all worked up about this…it is not so bad. My 401K is up, I am pretty healthy, I have a job, I go to church every couple of months…I toss a buck in the plate. The nest feels pretty comfy…in fact, all of these feathers make me feel comfy. Mom brings me some food to eat (albeit worms)….in fact, my nest feels pretty darn good.
What say ye men of the nest….shall we fly?