I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. –John 15:5
Too many people today settle for second-best in life. Mediocrity is all they put into life, and mediocrity is all they get out of life. Yet Paul said, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13 NKJV). He doesn’t sound like a person who chooses to be average, and you don’t have to be average either.
There’s a Native American story about a brave who found an eagle’s egg and put it into the nest of a prairie chicken. The eaglet hatched with the brood of chicks and grew up with them.
All his life the changeling eagle, thinking he was a prairie chicken, did what the prairie chickens did. He scratched in the dirt for seeds and insects to eat. He clucked and cackled. And he flew in a brief thrashing of wings and flurry of feathers no more than a few feet off the ground. After all, that’s how prairie chickens were supposed to fly!
Years passed, and the changeling eagle grew very old. One day he saw a magnificent bird far above him in the cloudless sky. Hanging with graceful majesty on the powerful wind currents, it soared with scarcely a beat of its strong golden wings.
“What a beautiful bird!” said the changeling eagle to his neighbor, “What is it?”
“That’s an eagle – the chief of the birds,” the neighbor clucked. “But don’t give it a second thought. You could never be like him.”
So the changeling eagle never gave it another thought. And it died thinking it was a prairie chicken.*
1. According to John 15:5, how much fruit will a persons life bear who remains in Jesus? What does John mean by “fruit?”
2. Sometimes our circumstances cause us to settle for second best in life. Commit to God right now to being open to all He has in store for your life.
John 15:16, Galatians 5:22
*Anecdote retold from What a Day This Can Be by John Cateior, ed., Director of The Christophers (New York: The Christophers)