William Blake, English poet, painter, and visual artistry pioneer (1757–1827), wrote this proverb in one of his books: “The eagle never lost so much time as when he submitted to learn from the crow.”1
The lesson is elementary. The eagle is much stronger, can fly higher, and is considered a more advanced species in the bird world. Trying to copy the habits of a crow would lessen its ability to find food and defend itself against predators.
In the spiritual world, we see a comparison. The prophet Isaiah said that those who wait upon the Lord will be renewed in strength so they can fly as high as an eagle.2 So it seems just as inadvisable for a child of God to seek counsel on how to cope with life’s moral and ethical challenges from people who have never been born again and are spiritually dead inside. So why do we see so many Christians today imitating the lifestyle habits and moral attitudes of the world? God has given believers the Holy Spirit to be their guide and comforter to take them higher.
The Apostle Paul put it quite succinctly: “Be not conformed to this world: but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”3 You were reborn to fly like an eagle toward the heavens.4 Don’t try to imitate the world, so you feel like you belong more down here than you do up there.5 – Dr. Robert R Seyda
1 William Blake: Marriage of Heaven and Hell (Composed 1790-1793) p.17
2 Isaiah 40:31
3 Romans 12:2
4 Ephesians 2:6-7
5 John 15:18-18; 17:16; 1 John 2:15-17