Isaiah 40:28-31 It is very significant that the scripture has not compared the believer with a hen or a butterfly but to an eagle. God expects us to mount up with wings as the eagle. God will never tell us to do what He knows that we cannot do. However, there is a process and a path to it if we will be our best in our calling.
God has put the potential within believers to enable us to do what He has called us to do. However, potential alone is not enough. Many people go to their graves without ever fulfilling their potential.
This can be illustrated from the story of the eaglet that was hatched with chicken and therefore lived in the mediocre environment of chicken. It was raised by a hen, pecked around the ground with chicken and therefore never learnt to fly. Its potential was never realized. It lived in an unchallenging environment, was not exposed to serious training, nobody had high expectations of it and so was content to be like the average chicken. It was like a king that lived and died as a servant.
ENVIRONMENT AND TRAINING
Environment has a large part to play with how we shape up and end up in life. The circle in which we move can to a large extent determine what we achieve in life. To move with loafers is to waste away. To keep the company of achievers will motivate and challenge you to achievement (Proverbs 13:20).
Evil communication corrupting good manners is a commentary on the importance of environment (1 Corinthians 15:33; 5:6,7; Galatians 5:9; 4:17,18). Always go for first class environment. It has a way of bringing out the best in you.
Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment
where excellence is expected
Stephen Jobs You cannot grow up amidst chicken and expect to live like an eagle. When you grow up with the ten spies that brought evil report, you learn to be pessimistic. You learn to turn mole hills into hindering mountains, to paint pictures of problems that don’t exist, to see problems in opportunities (Numbers 13:28-33; 14:1-10).
When you live with Caleb and Joshua, you learn to develop the spirit that conquers, to be an optimist, to see the way forward in the thickest of jungles, to discover rivers in the desert, to turn mountains into mole hills, to turn obstacles into opportunities, to turn persecution into promotion. Today’s precious pearl is yesterday’s painful problem for the oyster.
Another important factor that helps to get the best out of an individual is the training: the better the training, the greater the chances of successful achievement. Raw gold is cheap but when it is refined in a hot furnace, it comes out precious and becomes very expensive. Nothing is as common and cheap as untapped and undeveloped potential.
The eagle has the potential to fly as high as possible and in great style as well. However, without training, that potential can go untapped and unutilized. Training is what brings this potential to reality.
The way the eagle trains the eaglet to fly is very tough, rough and challenging. It takes it to a high point and then drops it to fly. The young eaglet flutters the wings, fumbles and begins to fall. However, the eagle dives beneath to rescue the eaglet. This process is repeated until the eaglet develops confidence and skill to fly without any aid or supervision.
Who is your trainer? What kind of training are you going through? With what attitude are you responding to the training that you are being given? (Psalm 144:1; 18:34). Training and discipline are never pleasant and as enjoyable as we may like but that is the way to achievement (Hebrews 12:5-8; 1 Corinthians 9:24-27).
EXERCISE AND TOIL
Proverbs 13:11,4; 10:5; Genesis 41:51,52,46-49; Luke 5:1-4; John 9:4; 1 Corinthians 15:58; 2 Chronicles 15:7.
An individual can be in the best of environments, could be exposed to the best of training but if he is lazy, indecisive and unwilling to expend effort and time, he will never achieve much in life.
Except the eagle is ready to flap its wings, do some lifting and expend some energy, it will never fly. There is no flying that is effortless. You cannot push a man up the ladder unless he is willing to do some climbing himself.
People and rubber bands have one thing in common:
They must be stretched to be effective
John Maxwell The best of footballers and athletes exercise a lot to maintain their top form and stay current. There is no substitute for practice. We need to toil. He that gathers by labour shall increase (Proverbs 13:11).
EXPECTATION AND TRAVAIL
We tend to live up to people’s expectation of us (Hebrews 6:9; 2 Timothy 1:5; Romans 15:14; Galatians 4:15-20). Their faith in our ability causes us to scale hurdles. An atmosphere of low expectations kills talents. It always serves as a cemetery for potentials. Boys from the ghetto are as intelligent as boys from the rich and affluent areas of any city. However, the boys from the ghetto waste away because of their environment of low expectations.
God’s expectation of the believer is high. Be fruitful and multiply, subdue the earth and have dominion sets the tone for God’s expectation (Genesis 1:26).
There will always be obstacles, cloudy and dangerous conditions that can prevent us from flying. However, prayer is a weapon that the believer can wield to get the victory. The more we travail in prayer, the more we will triumph in whatever we lay our hands to do.