In the wild, parrots make bird sounds because they are surrounded with other birds, but they learn to imitate human speech when they are surrounded by humans. Simply put, a parrot will copy whomever it hears. Over time, a pet parrot will become a precise mimic of its owner.
Humans are similar in that we are also influenced by those around us. My daughters pick up my habits and imitate me (yikes!). Likewise, I see many glimpses of my parents in myself. I’ve also been told I talk with the same voice inflection as my close friend. We are creatures of habit and we form those habits from whom or what we know best and are with most.
I want Jesus to be the One I know best and am with most. I desire to become a precise mimic of my Owner. Only then will my speech sound like His words, my thoughts align with His truths, and my motives reflect His character. When He reigns as my highest affection, my ambitions will be honorable. This all sounds perfect, doesn’t it? But how do I become a Jesus parrot?
Step one is to choose wisely. Every day I decide how I will spend my time and energy. Today, I choose Him, His word, and His way. Tomorrow, I hope to choose likewise. I know I’m going to fail (and fail often) at representing Him, but the choice to be with Him is the first step in the parrot process. “Lord, help me choose You!”
Who is the man who fears the Lord?
He will instruct him in the way he should choose.
Step two is to work diligently. Seeking Christ through the careful study of His Word and the enjoyment of His presence won’t happen without the determination and dedication to actually do so. “Lord, make me diligent in my study.”
Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth. (2 Timothy 2:15)
Finally, I must surrender fully to the will of my Owner. He gets to choose this parrot’s flight path. I simply must obey Him and fly it! There is great comfort in knowing His plans are perfect, resulting in my good and His glory. “Lord, show me Your will.”
Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? (1 Corinthians 6:19)
So this is my Jesus Parrot formula:
Give Polly her cracker. This parrot wants her Savior.