One day a boy was walking down the road when he saw a man with a large birdcage full of birds. Intrigued, the boy asked: “Where did you get all those birds?”
“Oh, all over the place,” the man said. “I lure them with crumbs, pretend I’m their friend when they are close, then I net them and shut them in the cage.”
“And what will you do with them now?”
The man grinned. “I’m going to prod them with sticks and get them really mad so they fight and kill each other. Those that survive, I will kill. None will escape.”
The boy looked into the man’s hard, cruel eyes, then at the defenseless birds in the cage. “Can I buy those birds? He asked.
Sensing a sweet deal, the man replied, “Well, the cage is expensive, and it took a lot of time and effort to snare these birds. I think I’ll charge twenty pounds and that jacket you’re wearing.”
The boy paused. Twenty pounds was all he had, and the jacket was new and very special. Slowly he took the money out of his pocket, and took off the jacket, giving them to the man. The man gave him the birdcage. Then (as you suspected), the boy set the birds free.
Life in sin is a little like being in a birdcage. We were lured into the cage with seductive promises and half-truths. Once in the cage, the door is snapped shut, and we became prisoners. Such things as drugs, lust, lies and love for money held us in their steely grip. These things masquerade as our “friends,” then turn on us and we’re trapped. Satan can then prod and provoke us into racial hatred, envy and bitterness, until we turn on each other. The survivors, of course, he will destroy himself in the end.
But Jesus Christ offered to buy us. And Satan made it clear that it would cost him dearly. It did. He died one bitter day on a hill far away. It was costly, and painful, but he did it for us.
“For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins” (Colossians 1:13, 14).
And what you need to know is that the cage door has been left open!
What you need to know is that the cage door has been left open!