When I was in Bible College one of the instructors wrote something on the blackboard which focused on a story I will probably never forget. It was something about the three little birds in a nest just about to start flying. This was a milestone for the three little ones and it was an exciting time for them.
Now, on one of those very days, mother bird decided to give some words of wisdom to the three little ones. She told the little birds never to take off until the right time because she was going to help them take off on their first flight. When mother bird took off to fetch food, one of the little birds ignored mother’s instructions and took off. Sadly, the little one crushed against a cliff and broke a wing. After a few days of being nursed, the little bird’s wing got better. Later, as promised, mother bird finally took the little ones for the first flight and on that day they all got to learn even more.
After several flights with mother bird, the other two birds discovered that they could fly much higher. They called out to the one that had sustained a broken wing earlier to join on much higher and exciting flights, but the little bird that had sustained that injury could not make it on those flights. That past injury had seriously impacted the little one in more ways than first realized.
In Christ we are encouraged to set aside any sin that would easily beset us. In Hebrews 12:1 the Bible says, “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us” (KJV). As believers we are supposed to lay aside any sin in our lives so that we can freely move forward in doing what the Lord has assigned for us to do. Anything that besets, limits people it affects. Sin does just that, and if not mastered through Jesus Christ, it can be very destructive.