Upright And Flying Free
by Beverly Brown, Set Me Free Ministries Prayer Coordinator
It is a beautiful fall morning as I sit down to write this blog–perfect weather to fertilize my plants. So that is exactly what I went outside to do a few minutes ago. I was leaning over to pick up my watering can when I saw a large, winged insect of some kind. It was lying on its back, and I thought it was dead. But when I flipped it over to see what it could be, its legs started to move and it immediately flipped back over onto its back again. I flipped it back over and noticed the reason it was not able to remain upright–one of its wings and part of its body were missing. It was obvious that it had been partially eaten and left as refuge. I knew there was no way this poor insect was going to survive. As I looked at the helpless insect, which periodically struggled to get upright, God spoke to me about my own life.
The Bible speaks a great deal about being upright. In the Hebrew mind-set, the words upright and righteous have very similar meanings and can almost be used interchangeably.
Job 1:1 speaks of Job in these terms: "There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was blameless and upright, and one who feared God and shunned evil."
In the New Testament, the concept of uprightness is found in terms such as wholeness, blamelessness, and integrity. Titus 2:11-13 exhorts us accordingly: "For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works…"
Scripture warns us that we have an enemy–Satan, who is seeking to devour us. I Peter 5:8 states, "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour."
So why should we live upright, righteous, sober, and godly lives? Because when we don't, we wind up like the insect on my patio missing a wing and half eaten–upside down with no hope of salvation. We might struggle to get right side up for a while. We might even find someone who tries to help us get right side up. But in the end, apart from Christ, we are left as refuse, with no hope.
Isn't it good news that Jesus came to give us life? John 3:16 tells us that God so loved the world, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life! It may be too late for that black insect on my patio, but it isn't too late for us!