May I ask you a question? When we're looking to be disciples of Christ, how does God want us to respond to the invitation? Is he looking for exceptional people? Or, is he looking for disciples who avoid impulsive reactions to spirituality in favor of men and women who by intuition know when to take their finger off the trigger?
My friend, life's a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.
I’m not much of a hunter; in fact I’ve hunted only once in my life really. A High school buddy of mine, Duane, asked me to go pheasant hunting with him years ago on a cool Fall afternoon. We weren’t using dogs, so we were just hoping to flush a few birds ourselves. It was just a nice afternoon walk through some tall grass and we talked more than hunted. About an hour into the hunt Duane suddenly stopped talking and motioned for me to quiet down and stop walking. Slowly raising his shotgun to his shoulder, he looked down the barrel into a tree line about thirty yards ahead of us. He’d seen something move through the grass just outside the line. He waited for a moment to see the grass move again and then slowly lowered his gun when a big old opossum lumbered up from the grass. Moving grass caused an impulsive reaction inbred from years of hunting prey. Intuition kept him from pulling the trigger.
Impulses can be a strong pull on us throughout life. We buy a car, shop for shoes, adopt a pet or name a baby and impulse is a major factor. What about being a disciple of Christ? Will intuitive faith keep us from impulsively succeeding when God is looking for ordinary spiritual drudge work?
Oswald Chambers writes. “Discipleship is built entirely on the supernatural grace of God. Walking on the water is easy to impulsive pluck, but walking on dry land as a disciple of Jesus Christ is a different thing. . . . it does require the supernatural grace of God to live twenty-four hours in every day as a saint, to go through drudgery as a disciple, to live an ordinary, unobserved, ignored existence as a disciple of Jesus. It is inbred in us that we have to do exceptional things for God; but we have not. We have to be exceptional in the ordinary things, to be holy in mean streets, among mean people, and this is not learned in five minutes. (My Utmost for His Highest, October 21.)
Jude 20 states: “But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, . . .” Like my friend Duane, many Christians have an inbred and impulsive desire to be exceptional, focus in on our spiritual targets, raise the level of involvement, and be ready to shoot for success. It’s just plain natural in most of us. But, also like Duane, God requires each of us to know intuitively that there is a time to pull the trigger and a time to lower our gun. Duane held his fire because he intuitively knew that it just didn’t seem right; the grass wasn’t moving the way a pheasant moves the grass. God is looking for us to build ourselves up in faith, in prayer and worship, in order to have that same intuition to know when our finger needs to be on the trigger of exception or not. Most often it isn’t.
We pray. Heavenly Father, thank you for choosing us to become your disciples, followers of Christ. Forgive us Lord when we decide that it is of priority importance to be exceptional in this regard. As you are expecting us to be intuitive Christians able to be built up into a faith that serve, let us be true followers, never out leading our Savior. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
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