Sunday Sermon // Wild Goose Chase..Cage of Responsibility

Wild Goose Chase // Cage of Responsibility

[Associate Pastor, Greg Miller, ECC Covington Campus]

The Celtic Christians had a name for the Holy Spirit. It was An-GeadhGlas or “The Wild Goose.” So to follow the Holy Spirit is to literally chase the wild goose. That’s where the phrase comes from. And it describes perfectly what following Jesus was meant to be. It’s an adventure. It’s mysterious. It’s unpredictable. But we allow different things to cage us and keep us from embarking on the journey the Wild Goose has for us.

Our day-to-day responsibilities numb us of our opportunities and passions.

My greatest responsibility is to fulfill my God-ordained passions.


  • Don't allow a responsibility to become an excuse.

Another disciple said to him, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.” But Jesus told him, “Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead.” (Matthew 8:21, 22 NIV)

God has always told his people that it doesn't have to make sense to them..but to always trust Him.


  • Following God often feels irresponsible.

Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of this your servant and to the prayer of your servants who delight in revering your name. Give your servant success today by granting him favor in the presence of this man.” I was cupbearer to the king. (Nehemiah 1:11 NIV)


  • Stop living to arrive safely at death.

In the month of Nisan in the twentieth year of King Artaxerxes, when wine was brought for him, I took the wine and gave it to the king. I had not been sad in his presence before, so the king asked me, “Why does your face look so sad when you are not ill? This can be nothing but sadness of heart.” I was very much afraid, but I said to the king, “May the king live forever! Why should my face not look sad when the city where my ancestors are buried lies in ruins, and its gates have been destroyed by fire?” (Nehemiah 2:1-3 NIV)

So on October 2 the wall was finished—just fifty-two days after we had begun. When our enemies and the surrounding nations heard about it, they were frightened and humiliated. They realized this work had been done with the help of our God. (Nehemiah 6:15, 16 NLT)

My greatest responsibility is to fulfill my God-ordained passions.


Action Steps:

  1. Determine what makes you mad, sad, and/or glad.
  2. Honestly ask, “What's my excuse?”
  3. Step out in faith and make one step towards a God-ordained passion.
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  • Lee Lester

    My wife and I love that book. We started our ministry almost 6 years ago and we called it the Wild Goose Outreach. 8 months later, rummaging through a book sale, I found the book. When I flipped it over and read that the Celtic Christians called the Holy Spirit the Wild Goose, I knew I had to read the book. That book, second only to the Bible, has guided our thinking ever since. We are constantly being “Responsibly irresponsible.” I pray that Eastridge gets the inspiration from that book that my wife and I have.

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