Are You Entangled?

Common Potoo (Nyctibius griseus) ©Jullan Iondono

Common Potoo (Nyctibius griseus) ©Jullan Iondono

Luzon Bleeding-heart by Dan

Orni-Theology

I came across this photo again yesterday and it reminded me of a recent devotional, blog or sermon I heard. It had to do with how Christians become entangled with the world. This Common Potoo is so blended into its surroundings that it is hard to spot.

Do we as Christians so entangle ourselves with the world that we act no different from the unsaved?

The Lord warns us through His Word to not become re-entangled with the yoke of bondage.

Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage. (Galatians 5:1 NKJV)

Common Potoo (Nyctibius griseus) ©Jullan Iondono

Common Potoo (Nyctibius griseus) ©Jullan Iondono

For if, after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the latter end is worse for them than the beginning. (2 Peter 2:20 NKJV)

Common Potoo (Nyctibius griseus) by Daves BirdingPix

Common Potoo (Nyctibius griseus) by Daves BirdingPix

For this reason it says, “Awake, sleeper, And arise from the dead, And Christ will shine on you.” Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil. So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. (Ephesians 5:14-17 NASB)

Common Potoo (Nyctibius griseus) by Dario Sanches

Common Potoo (Nyctibius griseus) by Dario Sanches

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Nyctibiidae – Potoos

Orni-theology

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4 thoughts on “Are You Entangled?

  1. Wow! Those photographs are really astonishing! — I would have never seen that bird if you hadn’t told me to look for a camouflaged Potoo there! Talk about “hidden in plain view”! Reminds me of Abraham’s nephew, Lot, whose worldliness cost him a lot in the end — when God punished Sodom (compare Genesis 19 with Jude 1:7-8), yet salvaged Lot the carnal believer (see 2nd Peter 2:7-9). If you didn’t read the New Testament you might wonder if Lot was even saved — but Peter confirms that Lot was “righteous” (i.e., right with God, on the basis of grace through faith). But what a disappointing shame! — that we would rightfully doubt Lot’s status as justified (i.e., right with God on the basis of God’s redemptive grace) — until we read 2nd Peter 2:7-9. It reminds me of an old Gary Paxton song: “if you were arrested for being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict?” (Yes, that’s the same singer Gary S. Paxton of “Monster Mash” fame.) By God’s grace I want my life to not be camouflaged with the world, the way that the Potoo blends in with its habitat. Again, the photographs are astonishing, Lee — thanks!

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