Two friends were out hunting birds. One was a saved Christian, the other was not. Call the saved, ‘Ijesa’ and not saved, ‘Tale’.
On their way, Tale commented: “I don’t admire saved life; there are lots of struggles for people who are saved”. Ijesa was quiet but Tale really wanted him to justify why one has to struggle a lot in salvation. So he asked him directly: “Tell me, Ijesa! Why do you struggle a lot despite believing and living for God, wouldn’t it make sense for you to have it easier than us who don’t believe?”
Ijesa didn’t have an answer.
They reached their hunting ground. They spotted two birds and each took an aim at either of the birds. Tale had a perfect hit. The bird fell down, dead.
Ijesa didn’t get a perfect hit. The bird fell down but was still alive, fluttering violently.
From that, Ijesa got an answer for his friend, Tale. He asked him: “Why is your bird so ‘restful’ while mine is fluttering all about?
Tale was surprised at the rhetoric question, but he decided to answer it all the same: “Of course my bird is dead, yours is still alive.”
“And that is your answer!” Ijesa quipped.
“What do you mean?” Tale asked.
“As a believer, I am still alive. The enemy often attacks; he wants to kill me with sin: sensual indulgences; corruption; moral lapses; rebellion; trying to detach me from the source of life (‘For in him we live, and move, and have our being’—Acts 17:28), etc. Like the bird that is struggling because it is hurt but still alive, I may get hurt but I will struggle to hang on dear life. On the contrary, your bird is not struggling because it is DEAD!” You are that bird (1 Tim. 4:2). Concluded Ijesa.
The bible says: “…you have a reputation of being alive, but you are dead” (Revelation 3:1).
Based on a story I read long time ago on Our Daily Bread Devotionals by Radio Bible Class Ministry