It’s not my pigeon

It’s not my pigeon

One day a woman was surprised to find a basket on her doorstep, containing a living pigeon. A note warned her that unless she attached a certain sum of money to the bird’s leg and released it immediately, her house would be burnt down that night. ”Well, I wonder whose pigeon this is,” she thought.

She notified the police who promptly chartered two planes, tied a long ribbon to the bird’s neck, released it and instructed the pilots to follow the bird.

An excuse, ‘It’s not my pigeon’

As soon as the pigeon flew down to a house, a photograph was taken of the place. The pilots informed the police, who dashed into the building and found two brothers eagerly untying the bird’s ribbon. They were immediately arrested, but protested, ”It is not our pigeon. It just flew to our house.”

The police officer ordered a test. One of the policemen took the pigeon to a distant spot and released it. It came straight back to the house. A second and a third time – it flew to the house, to its home. Finally the brothers broke down and made a confession.

Your excuse, ‘It’s not my fault’

Have you ever said, ”It’s not my fault”, just to get out of a sticky situation? Do you know that you are responsible for your sin? God says, ”Be sure your sin will find you out” (Numbers 32:23). You are restless and uneasy, and you feel guilty, because deep down in your heart you know that somehow, somewhere, some time, you have to give account of what you did. The wicked men in the story shrugged their shoulders and tried to hide their sinful deed by saying, ”It’s not my pigeon”.

Your sin is part of you, burdens you, bears you down and must be dealt with or it will carry you away to a place of ”outer darkness”, cut off from God for ever. But ”God is love” and in His great love for you has made a way to save you from sin.

Here is the answer

”He (the Lord Jesus Christ) was made to be sin for us” (2 Corinthians 5: 21) – ”He (Christ) bore the sin of many” (Isaiah 53:12). – ”Christ himself bore our sins in his body on the tree/cross” (1 Peter 2:24).

Have you personally realized that Christ, the sinless One, died to save you, the sinner? Will you not let Him take your sin away, free you from its demands, release you from guilt and so make you ready for eternal life in His presence? Here is the way, say this prayer from the bottom of your heart, really meaning it:

A personal prayer

Dear God, I acknowledge that I am a sinner, helpless and lost. I am guilty before you and other people. As a result of this, all I deserve is eternal punishment. But I now come to you and confess that I have disobeyed your laws and wronged other people. I am sorry. Dear Lord Jesus, I believe that you came into the world to save sinners such as I am. I now receive you into my heart as my own personal Lord and Saviour. Amen.”

”If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.  And the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin” (1 John 1:9,7b).

As you have now accepted Christ into your life, settle your past and go forward with God’s help. Learn from the Bible to walk in God’s ways, seek His face in personal prayer time and look for fellowship with other Christians in a church where the Word of God is preached in truth.