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Like the Eagles (Part Two) 

In the previous article , we saw the similarity between the eagle and Christian believer.  We learned five important facts about the eagle:

1.  The eagle’s vision is very sharp 

2.  The eagle has a very high level of thinking and imagination   

3.  The eagle does not fear its prey no matter its size or strength 

4.  The eagle faces storms

5.  The eagle can directly see toward the sun

Now we will learn more facts about the eagle. 

 6.  The eagle doesn't make a noise

As other birds fly or when they are on the ground, they make noise.  We can hear pigeons, parrots, sparrows, and ravens etc., but we do not hear the eagle.  He flies silently... quietly which means he doesn't complain,

“Do all things without murmurings and disputings:” (Php 2:14 KJV)

It is essential for a believer to fulfill his responsibilities without murmuring.

“And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;”

(Col 3:23 KJV)

It is good to be busy in your own work or business. But mind your own business and don’t show off to other people.  This murmuring attitude dries our energy, badly affects our efficiency, and kills our creative energy.

7.  The eagle doesn't eat dead animals

Unlike several other birds, the eagle kills his own prey and then eats it.  It is not within his nature to eat something that is already dead.  Similarly, as a believer or Christian leader, we must consume fresh food for our spiritual wellbeing. We must study the Word of God daily, meditate upon it, take notes, and we must read other helpful books. The study of other Christian books opens and widens the windows of our mind. The type of books you study, will be the type of person you become.  

Every day we need to make ourselves better... socially, ethically, mentally, and spiritually.

It is essential that our area of ministry is not in a place where another organization is already ministering. Now a days we see a new organization or ministry come into existence, where an organization is already working, which destroys the work already being done, all in the name of ministry.    

Saint Paul writes,

“Yea, so have I strived to preach the gospel, not where Christ was named, lest I should build upon another man's foundation:” (Rom 15:20 KJV)

“But as it is written, To whom he was not spoken of, they shall see: and they that have not heard shall understand.”  (Rom 15:21 KJV)

8.  The male eagle commits himself to one life partner

The female eagle is large than the male. The male eagle (as a matter of character) spends his whole life with one female eagle which is picture of his commitment, honesty, and faithfulness. He commits himself to one partner.  Likewise, a believer or Christian leader needs to commit himself to family life - one life partner; to spend his whole life with one partner.  We must commit ourselves to our work; to our profession, ministry, and preaching that we are performing.  We must commit ourselves to our work.   

9.  The eagle flies alone

Several other birds fly in groups - sparrows, crows, pigeons, and parrots etc.  But not the eagle, the eagle flies alone. This is also true in the leader's life.  For the most part he is alone in his work, alone to fulfill several responsibilities.  As a leader, you will have many people with you although in the difficult situations, the leader must face everything alone.

When Lord Jesus Christ went to Cross all His disciples abandoned Him. Only John and Jesus's mother Mary were standing under the Cross. In the garden of Gethsemane, Jesus was alone, as He was arrested and taken away.  Even on the Cross... He was alone.  

The eagle flies alone and flies at great heights.

10.  The eagle trains its young chicks

The male (father) eagle stays with his chick in the nest.  When the chicks are a bit grown-up, the father then shakes his nest, forcefully, causing the chicks to fall from the nest which is very high. As the chick falls out of the nest, it opens or stretches his wings and tries to fly, but the mother eagle flies very close to the baby.  As the baby eagle goes downward, the mother eagle comes under him and makes him sit on her wings. Then she again takes him high up into the sky and patently drops him down.  And, again, the baby tries hard to fly as it descends very rapidly. Then once again, the mother eagle takes the baby on her wings. And again, the mother drops the baby from the height and again, it tries to fly.  The mother eagle repeats this process until the baby eagle can fly without her help!  Once the baby can fly it can search for its own prey. 

Similarly, as leaders, we need to train others to be leaders; to bring them to the front lines of ministry - without fear that they will take our positions.  When you train others, they will honor you, and your work and responsibilities will be then shared.  Lord Jesus Christ trained twelve; and then the group of a hundred and twenty; and then five hundred and then this work spread across the globe!

“And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.”  (2Ti 2:2 KJV)

11) The Eagle goes through the process of change, transformation

As the eagle passes through the process of transformation, he comes out of his past and enters a bright future. The eagle lives up to (approximately) the age of seventy. It is his choice as to whether he lives to be half of his age or if he fully completes his biological age.

When the eagle is in between the age of thirty-five and forty he is considered old and he experiences physical changes: his jaws become weak, he has no grip on any bird or animal, his beak is twisted, he is no longer able to properly attack and wound his prey, and his wings attach themselves to his chest which makes it difficult for him to fly.   

This situation is very disturbing for him.  At one time he had been the king of birds and the prince of the air, but no moreLife now, has become very difficult for him. 

Now is when he needs to choose.  It is within his own control whether this will be the end of his life, or if he will choose to move forward into a new life.

He chooses a new life. And now, to secure a better living and better future, he must go through the painful process of transformation.  

The eagle quietly sits on a rock as he enters this new phase of life which will be a painful endeavor.  But in doing so, he chooses this path with his free will, without being bothered by his present sufferings. Instead, he keeps his eyes on his bright future as the process begins, and he ultimately completes his task. 

He hits his (now weak) beak on the rock until it breaks!  But then, unable to get his prey and his food he waits for another eagle to come and provide him with food. And the eagle who comes and delivers the food is the one who has already experienced this difficult transformation.  

With the passage of time, a new beak begins to grow. When it grows strong enough, he uses his own beak to remove his nails - the jaws of his feet.  In the past these jaws had been so strong that he could carry more than his own body weight as he flew to his destination.  

After this, with the help of his sharp, strong beak he removes the feathers of his wings which have become attached to his chest until he is completely naked. 

And all his beauty has vanished.   

Now he waits...

As he waits his jaws, his nails, grow strong again.  And his feathers return. This destructive, beautiful process takes almost fifty days to complete. 

Then a beautiful day comes when his jaw-feather grows, and his beauty shows again.    

The eagle has experienced a second birth!  He is young again!   His strength is regained!  He is strong, refreshed and restored!  

 

“Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle's.”  (Psa 103:5 KJV)

The eagle has once again become new and young! 

Before entering this painful process of transformation, the eagle had two options: to wait passively for his own death, or to go through the painful process of change and transformation.

Christian believers have the same choice; you must choose to give up your old life along with your old attitude and way of thinking.  

“But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”  (Isa 40:31 KJV)

It is essential that we run our Christian race with boldness and freedom. We should not be disobedient to the heavenly vision. This vision, the ideas... the plans God has given to you, follow them. Live above, higher, than your negative circumstances, and then think and work. Face the challenges, hardships, opposition, and negative circumstances with a smiling face. Don’t murmur.  Don’t complain.  And always keep your eyes upon your reward. Prepare the younger ones for the ministry. Be firm in your commitment regarding your family and ministry. And with the passage of time, be ready for transformation.  And engage in the process!  

 

Lord Bless You