Female House Finch

House Finch Female 2

This bird is a female house finch. It is about as nondescript as birds get. Lazy birders, like me, have been known to call the nondescript birds like this LBJs. It is not a title you will find on any official bird list. LBJ stands for little brown job.

When a new birder comes across certain small sparrows, female finches, and many of the flycatchers, they all look too much alike to be discernable. Hence it’s convenient to adopt a title like LBJ as a drip pan category for those birds which one is unable to tell apart.

But with time and experience, even the LBJs begin to fall into recognizable categories. On this bird you can take a look at the beak. It is definitely the stout beak of a finch.  Any other bird with a stout beak like that will be a larger bird.

Notice also the behavior. It is stealing sugar water from a hummingbird feeder. Finches will quite commonly feed on sugar water, while sparrows and flycatchers never will.

Finally look at the breast of this bird. It is probably the most heavily streaked bird you will ever see.  These markings may be indistinguishable if you are trying to match them line by line with another bird’s streaks, but the density of them is only found on female house finches.

New Christians are sometimes surprised by the way more experienced believers can spot a fellow believer. This situation will confuse them. There is no defining characteristic making a person’s Christianity visible. But with time they will begin to see some things which do identify the disciple.

Often times the first thing you notice is speech. Christians talk different. Our speech produces the fruit of the spirit. (Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness and self-control, from Galatians 5:22)

Behavior also is identifiable in Christians. Certain traits common in most of society will drop out of a Christian’s life as they mature. Pride, self-serving, greed, drunkenness, lust and more will come to be under control in the life of a disciple.

Then finally the believer will have the marks of Christ in their life. While these may not show readily, when you get to know a person you will begin to see them in their lives. It might come across as scars from the attacks the devil has put on them. These marks will take the shape of proven character brought about by these trials.

Consider 2 Corinthians 4:10 (HCSB) “We always carry the death of Jesus in our body, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.” This verse says the sacrificial death of Christ is visible in us in some manner, so that the Salvation of Jesus is visible in us. So your challenge for today is to go out and live so as to make Christ known.

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