Vultures

By: Woody Godbey

Yesterday afternoon I went into the back yard and heard an airplane above me so I looked up and I saw 3 or 4 vultures flying directly above me.  In Texas, this would not be considered anything strange.  In Fact, just about anywhere in America while driving down the highway, you can look into the sky and see vultures flying high overhead.  Occasionally, you can see one swooping down, and then rising again with the air currents.  But most of the time you see a small group of them sitting right on the roadway, tearing apart and devouring the carcass of some dead animal.  In Texas we know these ugly birds as buzzard always on the lookout for what is disgusting, despicable, distasteful and just plain nauseating and repulsive!

Some people are like that. The truth is, we were all buzzards when we were lost.  Nothing seemed to satisfy us more than feasting on what was sinful, corrupt, and immoral. The books and magazines we read, the TV programs and movies we watched, the conversations we engaged in, and the activities we pursued revealed a vulture-like appetite.  I confess, that was me!

But how much better is the spiritual diet the Bible gives us: “Whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy— meditate on these things” (Phil. 4:8).

In one of the Eagle messages I preach, I use the analogy that we have been transformed from vultures to eagles.  Eagles prefer fresh meat and they soar high above the contamination and corruption below.  Christians are to soar like eagles.  We are to feast on the fresh milk and meat of God’s Word.  If you ever see an eagle eating a rotten carcass with a group of buzzards, he’s probably sick.  When we Christians enjoy sin with the world we are sick and have forgotten we are soaring eagles!   

What kind of “food” do you prefer?  Don’t be like the vulture. Rather, “as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby” (1 Pet. 2:2).  God Bless!