Free Will and the Mother Hen

mother henAs boy on the farm, I remember my grandmother raising chickens. She would place a clutch of eggs under a “sittin’ hen” to hatch. Once the chicks had hatched, a vigil started. We kept a watchful eye out for chicken hawks. The hawks seemed to know just when a new brood of chicks had hatched. If the mother hen spotted a hawk, she gave a distinct cluck and all the chicks came running to take shelter under her wings. As the chicks grew and became more independent, once in a while a chick didn’t heed the alarm call. We would find a few feathers, and the chick was gone.

Jesus often used things familiar to the people to whom He spoke, in order to make His point. Luke 13:34 (NKJ) illustrates this principle: “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem…How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, but you were not willing!”  Some people are like the little chick mentioned above or like Jerusalem in Jesus’ day – they simply choose to disregard the alarm call to their own detriment.

God created us as creatures of volitional choice – free moral agents. Joshua said to the Hebrew people, “…choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve…” (Joshua 24:15 NKJ).  The words of the Psalmist acknowledge this belief in Psalm 19:30 (NKJ): I have chosen the way of truth; Your judgments I have laid before me”.  Jesus, speaking of Mary, said, “But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her(Luke 10:42 NKJ).

If we miss salvation and eternal life with Him, it will be by our own choice. He has set before us life or death, but we must chose. The scripture asks the question, “How shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation, which at first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed to us who heard Him” (Heb. 2:3 NKJ). 

The Hawk of the soul has been sighted. A warning call has been given. Will you choose to gather under His wings?

~ Brother Roy

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