Sermons by Raymond Elliott


Articles by Raymond Elliott

"Hear thou, my son, and be wise, and guide thine heart in the way" (Proverbs 23:19)


Surely we all have some knowledge regarding this insect and this fowl. Both have been placed here on this earth for different purposes as designed by the Creator, God Almighty. While their functions are vital, they are radical in contrast. The buzzard is rather despised by the human family. We esteem this bird as being unsightly in appearance and undesirable because of its work, the devouring of dead carcasses. Yet, in the balance of nature, this scavenger has a rightful place in our environment. The honeybee, on the other hand, is well thought of and respected. While we dislike the sting of such a small insect, we do appreciate the delicious honey that it makes for us. The bee can be seen visiting the beautiful flowers and various blooms in the vegetative kingdom. No wonder the honey that this bee makes is so sweet.

Strangely enough, the buzzard and the honeybee remind us of the various attitudes and dispositions found in different people. First of all, some folk enjoy dwelling on the ungodly, the gossip, the hearsay, the ugly, the bad, the filthy, the hurtful, and the immoral. They seem to get their kicks over telling or hearing a good piece of juicy slander. And, the worse it stinks, the better they like it. This old world is filled with individuals who love filthiness. The Bible refers to people who "speak folly" and whose "heart will work iniquity" (Isaiah 32:6). Paul writes of the unrighteous in this manner, "Their throat is an open sepulchre; With their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips: whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness" (Romans 3:13,14). Their ultimate end is eternal perdition, for Jesus said in Matthew 12:36,37, "And I say unto you, that every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned."

We are grateful however that there are many Christians who love the good and the beautiful things of life. They think upon that which is pure, honest, just, true, lovely, and of good report (Philippians 4:8). They feed upon the word of God that is "Sweeter also than honey and the droppings of the honeycomb" (Psalms 19:10). They know that "pleasant words are as honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones (Proverbs 16:24). They "love life" and endeavor to "see good days"; therefore, they "refrain their tongues…from evil" and "speak no guile" with their lips (I Peter 3:10).

The question therefore is, "To be or not to be". That is, are you soaring over dead carcasses and seeking the corrupt; or, are you feasting upon the beautiful and the good. Let us all ‘be’ (live) like the honeybee and not the buzzard!

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