Spirit vs Flesh

My husband and I recently came upon a volt of vultures who were contemplating eating a dead animal in the middle of a bridge—directly in the path of oncoming vehicles. As we inched closer in our truck, we decided to pull off onto the side of the road and more closely observe the birds’ behavior as they instinctively pursued their meal:

Initially, one vulture was “on the fence” contemplating the amount of risk that might be involved in fulfilling his desire to eat the fresh road-kill…

The vulture decided to take the risk and soon after, another bird was “on the fence” observing and contemplating whether he should follow suit…

Overcome with “temptation”, he soon joined the other vulture.

Notice, once both birds fully succumbed to their desires, they became oblivious to the fast-approaching danger; meanwhile, other vultures observed the events from a higher perspective:

While the instinctual behavior of the vultures is distinctly different from the contemplative behavior of human beings, the comparison helps visibly demonstrate the process of wrestling with lusts of the flesh: First, a point of conscious choice precedes decisions to act; and then once decisions are made to give in to temptation, other people are often influenced and enticed to join in. Finally, as people continue to choose unwisely, they become increasingly focused on fulfilling their desires, and less aware of the possible dangers of such pursuits.

However, much like the vultures in the trees, we can wisely make our choices from a “higher perspective”—a Biblical perspective, lead by the Spirit, who receives from Jesus, and reveals it to us (John 16:13-14). We find the central truth of this narrative summed up in Galatians 5:24-25, “And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.”

4 Replies to “Spirit vs Flesh”

  1. I agree with Annette….great insight Mary Ann. You sure do have a way of seeing nature and using it to bring forth biblical truths. 💕

  2. Great insight. Your examples of what we can learn from seeing nature around us is always enriching. Thank you!

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