“We shall have no better conditions in the future if we are satisfied with all those which we have at the present.”– Thomas Edison-
The story is told of a Canadian goose flying across the farm land of Kansas on a fall day, for
whatever reason it had gotten separated from the rest of its flock. But as the goose flew it spied the pond of Farmer Jones. Farmer Jones had Toulouse geese in his pond. If you know anything about Toulouse geese – they are a heavy bred – so heavy that they don’t fly. The Canadian goose – even though it was a different shape and color than the other geese on the pond soon found that it was soon accepted and became part of the flock. He stayed for a day, then a week, then a month, and then it turned into the entire winter. Farmer Jones was married to a kind and gentle wife. Every day she would take a bucket of cracked corn out to the pond and would feed the geese. The Canadian goose enjoyed the lifestyle.
Finally spring was approaching and the wild geese were flying north again. The goose looked up – he could hear the honks of geese flying by and he was stirred with a strange thrill to join his old comrades in flight. But try as he might he could not get off the ground. He had become so soft and heavy that he could not rise to be with his old friends and family. So he dropped back to the pond again and said to himself, “Oh, well, my life is safe here and the food is good.” But every fall and every spring when he heard the wild geese honking overhead, his eyes would gleam for a moment and he would flap his wings. He did this for many years until one day he paid no attention to them.
The moral of the story – is that over time the church, as well as, individual Christians can forget the high standards and ideals to which God has called them and be content with lower things. The greatest danger to the commitment level of a believer in Jesus – is to become content with lower standards than what God desires for them to live. The danger is to become half- hearted in living the Christian life and doing the gospel work.
As Christians we are not to be complacent. The world can simply not afford for us to be. The risks are too high and the consequences to eternal. The complacency of the Church in the past has removed formal corporate prayer not only from our schools but has led to the removal of the Ten Commandments from our judicial system. This has resulted in a lack of moral and ethical behavior which has once led to integrity and honesty and has been replaced by hypocrisy and deceit. Ezekiel 33:31
“They come to you as people come, and sit before you as My people and hear your words, but they do not do them, for they do the lustful desires expressed by their mouth, and their heart goes after their gain.” Ezekiel 33:31