To Change the Culture – You Have to Break Out of Your Shell and Soar!

By on February 17, 2013
soaring eagle

By Norine Rae –

It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird:
 It would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg.
We are like eggs at present.
And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg.
We must be hatched or go bad. 

C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity 

 

Changing a cultural takes time and as the C.S. Lewis quote alludes to, a struggle must first take place within the shell of the egg to weaken the shell and strengthen the bird. Even that is not enough, for once the shell is broken the small bird must still learn to fly. The bird must recognize that it has the ability to fly by watching others and taking a leap of faith.

bald eaglets in nest with cracked shells She must learn adapt to the environment as she ruffles and stretches out her wings. Her passion must be great to face the future with heart pounding and wings growing, amidst the challenges around her.  If she is to fly high, she must be willing to learn along the way and adapt to her circumstances so that she might soar.  You can soar and affect culture just as Jesus taught His disciples: for all is lost if the eaglet never hatches.

 

Communion, passion and sanctification are necessary for eagles to bring forth change in a culture. Just as the eyes of the small hatchling must adjust to the brightness of the sun in order to see clearly, we also must learn to adjust to the Son’s brightness and truth within this sometimes-hostile world. As children of faith we need to be willing to obey His voice and surrender our plans to His (John 10:27).  Thus, having a teachable spirit, willing to learn by His example.

By sharing our stories of victories from pain and defeat we can bless others on their journey in flight. Training them to land and take off well is critical in their pursuit to soar.

It is through communion with God that culture can be changed, as individual hearts and lives are changed through revelation and sanctification, one person at a time. Jesus knew this so He took time to be with the Father and then shared what he learned with others. Jesus taught that we are no longer slaves, but friends that He choose so we might bear fruit (John 15:15).

As friends of Jesus we can be confident knowing our lives will bear fruit as we share His love and goodness with others (Matt 28:18-20). The truth is, we need to live with Christ or our roots will dry up and die because of the pain and problems surrounding us. We change culture by cultivating the garden where we live.  We choose to look past fear, keeping our eyes on Christ and break out of the shell, which many find comfort in because it is all they know.

Culture changes as we expand our horizons by flying higher and allowing ourselves to see new horizons and the possibility of change. 

 It is exciting to see godly influence in society, knowing that it affects others in a positive way. The most effective way to change culture is by bringing love and hope to a lost world. Let’s do it!  As we live a life of transformation and redemption through our relationship with Christ we will change culture as we embrace kingdom living. As mature eagles we can watch out for the young and care for those who are in need showing them a more virtuous life: one redeemed with Christ.

Just as the eaglet is taught by its parent to fly, as we abide in Him, the Lord is teaching us. Our love and hope gives us influence with others. As mentors, we can continue to learn as we look to our Father for direction and focus. To effectively change culture we must be willing to grow in the things of God, “But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit”. (2 Cor. 3:18) 

Culture can be transformed over time, but it takes individual’s willing to change from the inside out.

As we live in Christ we impact culture. With eyes fixed on Jesus we can accomplish much with passion brought forth by His unquenchable love. As we join forces in kingdom living through sanctification and holiness trusting the power of God to manifest on earth as it is in heaven, lives are changed. The vision: We are no longer eggs – we are now soaring – teaching eaglets!  This is my passion. And I hope the passion of every follower of Christ to bring Cultural Change through the loving power and presence of God through kingdom living.

 

Norine Rae currently resides in Beijing, China where she teaches English at Beijing International Studies University. Her primary residence is in Redding, California where she is a member of Bethel Church. In 2012 she completed her Master’s in Intellectual Leadership from A.W. Tozer Seminary through Simpson University.

Norine Rae

About Norine Rae

Norine Rae resides in Redding, California where she is a member of Bethel Church. In 2012 she completed her Master’s in Intellectual Leadership from A.W. Tozer Seminary through Simpson University. She has worked over 30 years in Human Services fields and has done extensive work in ministry, missions, and leadership both foreign and domestic. She is a lifelong learner, international speaker, minister, writer, mother, and friend. You will find her at: http://www.aimadventures.org/blog/ or NorineRae.com.

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To Change the Culture – You Have to Break Out of Your Shell and Soar!