Using a bird to catch a bird

‘There is a common hard by the place where I live; and, on Sundays, Londoners come down by scores, and occupy themselves in this way upon it. They bring with them little birds in cages, and use them to lure other birds from the sky, that they may entrap them. Only the other Sabbath, as I was going to the house of God, I saw a little robin sitting on his perch in a wire cage, and he was diligently whistling so as to attract other birds to the fowlers’ snare. I assure you that it was a good lesson to me; for I said to myself, “These men know that it is no use for them to frighten the birds; but if they want to catch them, they must put one of their own kind into a cage, and the little captive, by its song, attracts its fellows.” Suppose one of those fowlers should be stupid enough to put a cat into the cage, it would not allure any robins; or suppose he was to put in an owl, that sleepy creature would not attract any larks. The arts of the bird-catcher teach us that, when God would save a sinner, He usually takes one of the same sort, first converts Him by His grace, and then sets him to preach, or teach, or sing, or to do something which attracts and allures others.’

Charles Spurgeon, Autobiography, Vol.2

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2 Responses to “Using a bird to catch a bird”

  1. KEBOLEKILE MAKGANA Says:

    HI IM A YOUNG MAN AGED 19 I STAY IN MAHALAPYE BOTSWANA CAN YOU PLIZ ASSIST ME I’M TRYING TO LIVE FOR GOD BUT IT IS NOT EASY I’M FACING A REAL CHALENGE IN MY LIFE AND MY PARENTS ARE NOT BORN AGAIN I NEED THEM TO BE BORN AGAIN AND GO TO HEAVEN NOT HELL I WOULD BE HAPPY IF I CAN SEE YOUR RPLY IN MY EMAIL ADDRESS VERY SOON PRAY FOR ME I WANT TO GO TO HEAVEN NOT HELL MAY THE GUD GOD BLZ U ALOT I GO TO APOSTOLIC FAITH MISSION CHURCH IN MAHALAPYE

    • soulangler Says:

      The Scripture says:

      1 Corinthians 3.5 What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, as the Lord assigned to each. 6 I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. 7 So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth.

      The new birth is the work of God and God alone. We plant the seed of the Word. We water it with our prayers. But God grants the growth. Can you make a blade of grass grow? Neither can you cause your parents to be born again.

      Now you say you want to go to heaven and you are born again. If you are born of imperishable seed how can the imperishable perish?

      But are you born again? Have you repented of your sins and trusted in Christ alone for mercy. Have you seen your sin for what it is? (Take this test) and have you hated and spat upon any of your so called ‘good works’ that try to bribe God? Our very best religious works are disgusting, filfthy rags in God’s sight.

      May the Lord bless His Word to your life and situation and give you wisdom.

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