Wednesday, December 7, 2022
We just finished my favorite time of the year. I love the smell of fallen leaves. I love the crisp, clean, cool air. I like the heat. No, that’s not a contradiction. I like the type of heat of this season a lot more than the heat of summer. But then, that’s a different kind of heat. It was my favorite time of the year because the deer were in heat. We call it the rut.
That’s an interesting term. For me being in a rut is not a good thing. But I love it when those male deer called bucks get in their rut. They have absolute tunnel vision. They have their minds set on only one thing, and that means they don’t care to know that I’m in the woods with them. They can be tricked and trapped into coming within range of my arrow by the simple imitation of a female mating bleat or the sounds of two bucks fighting over a girl. There is nothing more exciting than to watch it happen and see that deer walking straight towards the sound I made. He walks right in believing that He is going to fulfill the natural instinct that God created into him for the prolonging of the species. His whole life at this time of the year is about reproduction.
1 Corinthians 9:23 “I do everything to spread the Good News and share in its blessings.”
Every day the lost people of our world are making sounds that should attract us to where they are so we can give them the seed of truth from the Word of God. They are bleating out cries of hopelessness and fear, just waiting for someone to come along and give them the faith they need to go on. That someone is me…and you. This is our opportunity to fulfill the supernatural instinct God’s Holy Spirit has created in us to pronounce the saving power of Jesus. Our whole lives all year long should be about spiritual reproduction.
I wish more Christians were in the rut. I long to see God’s people passionately pursuing the people of the world who are primed to receive the Good News of Jesus. I pray that more followers of Jesus would understand that they have been fully equipped by the Holy Spirit to plant seeds of the Gospel in the life of another person. I pray that our ears would be open to their cries; that our hearts would open to their hurts; that our arms would be extended in love towards them; and that our mouths would be open to speak the truth to them.
When I go into the woods this time of the year, I must change my perspective on how I think. I start thinking like a deer. I must understand his patterns and walk along his paths. I set myself up in an area where he will be, not where I want him to be. Even though I am a man and have been given dominion over creation, I would be a fool to try to go into the world of the deer as a man. I must become like a deer so that I may shoot one.
That reminds me of something the Apostle Paul said.
“Even though I am a free man with no master, I have become a slave to all people to bring many to Christ. When I was with the Jews, I lived like a Jew to bring the Jews to Christ. When I was with those who follow the Jewish law, I too lived under that law. Even though I am not subject to the law, I did this so I could bring to Christ those who are under the law. When I am with the Gentiles who do not follow the Jewish law, I too live apart from that law so I can bring them to Christ. But I do not ignore the law of God; I obey the law of Christ. When I am with those who are weak, I share their weakness, for I want to bring the weak to Christ. Yes, I try to find common ground with everyone, doing everything I can to save some. I do everything to spread the Good News and share in its blessings.” (1 Corinthians 9:19-23 New Living Translation)
Some of us are in the wrong rut. Some are in the rut of tradition. Some are in the rut of separation. Others are in the rut of legalism. Few are in the right rut of reproduction. Let’s change that. We must stop thinking about how we can walk through the world untouched by it and start thinking about how we can walk into the world and win it. One by one let’s start reproducing our faith.