A man was on the side of the road with a large birdcage.
A boy noticed that the cage was full of birds of many kinds.
"Where did you get those birds?" he asked.
"Oh, all over the place," the man replied. "I lure them
with crumbs and pretend I'm their friend. Then when they are close, I
net them and shove them into my cage."
"And what are you going to do with them now?"
The man grinned, "I'm going to prod them with sticks, and get them
really mad so they fight and kill each other. Those that survive, I will
kill. None will escape."
The boy looked steadily at the man. What made him do such things? He
looked into the cruel, hard eyes. Then he looked at the birds, defenseless,
"Can I buy those birds?" the boy asked. The man hid a smile,
aware that he could be on to a good thing if he played his cards right.
"Well," he said hesitantly, "The cage is pretty expensive,
and I spent a lot of time collecting these birds, I'll tell you what I'll
do, I'll let you have the lot, birds, cage and all for ten pounds and
that jacket you're wearing."
The boy paused, ten pounds was all he had, and the jacket was new and
very special, in fact it was his prized possession. Slowly, he took out
the ten pounds and handed it over, then even more slowly he took off his
jacket, gave it one last look then handed that over too.
He received the cage from the man. And then (well, you might have guessed
it) he opened the door and let the birds go free.
The Enemy of the world, Satan, was on the side of life's road with a
The man coming towards him noticed that it was crammed full of people
of every kind, young, old, from every race and nation.
"Where did you get these people?" the man asked.
"Oh, from all over the world," Satan replied. "I lure them
with drink, drugs, lust, lies, anger, hate, love of money and all manner
of things. I pretend I'm their friend, out to give them a good time, then
when I've hooked them, into the cage they go."
"And what are you going to do with them now?" asked the man.
Satan grinned. "I'm going to prod them, provoke them, get them to
hate and destroy each other; I'll stir up racial hatred, defiance of law
and order; I'll make people bored, lonely, dissatisfied, confused and
restless. It's easy. People will always listen to what I offer them and
what's better, blame God for the outcome!"
"And then what?" the man asked.
"Those who do not destroy themselves, I will destroy. None will
The man stepped forward. "Can I buy these people from you?",
Satan snarled, "Yes, but it will cost you your life." So Jesus
Christ, the Son of God, paid for your release, your freedom from Satan's
trap, with His own life, on the cross at Calvary. The door is open, and
anyone, whom Satan has deceived and caged, can be set free.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on
your own understanding;In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make your paths straight