Monday, June 16, 2014

Consider the Rooster

On a less serious note, I was going through my files this morning and found the following article in an old mimeographed publication called Evangel Trumpeter, published by Melvin Haug, the pastor of a small church in Hines Oregon some time in the early 1960's. 

Reproduced here for your admonition and enjoyment:

Consider the Rooster

The Lord used a rooster to convict Peter (Luke 22:60, 61).  The Master will use any Christian who will follow the rules adhered to by the rooster:

1.  He rises early and immediately begins his God-given task of crowing.
2.  The rooster does not refuse to crow because he can't sing like a canary.
3.  He energetically does that which is never praised.  Who ever heard, "Did you hear that rooster crow? Hasn't he a charming voice?"
4.  He awakens sleepers--unpopular but often necessary.
5.  He is the proclaimer of good news: the arrival of a new day with God-given privilege and opportunities.
6.  He is dependable.  He is persistent.  He is a first class advertiser, for he loudly heralds the good work done by his associates.
7.  He never complains about having to do the same common tasks, and he does not worry about compensation or receiving recognition.

Such homely lessons may not appeal to you, but if you are a true disciple--a learner--you will not despise the lesson because of its humble origin.  The Word of God has many lessons that are not set forth in great doctrinal sentences.  These [doctrinal sentences] are, of course, of primary importance, but where we have laid hold upon the great truths and have these truths lay hold upon us, there are, nevertheless, lessons that we can learn, even from God's roosters, unless we are either too big to learn or know it already.


Peggy Trotter said...

So cute and insightful! But then, down on the farm was the mother of practicality. Enjoyed reading this!

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Ginny Jaques said...

We need more of that down on the farm stuff, Peggy. Thanks for the comment. Excited about your book coming out next spring! Good for you.