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May 2, 2011, 10:10 AM

Deacon's Meeting

Wow…are you a little washed out by all that has happened with Christmas and are just now realizing that you still have to deal with New Year’s just later this week? There has been so much going on! It will be nice when everything settles down. Meanwhile it was back to work today, and I had an early morning meeting with a deacon in my church, Ed. He stopped by my house and picked me up while it was still dark and we went visiting. So after a short drive we climbed up in a deer blind and waited to see if any deer would come visiting. (Have I mentioned that all deacon’s meetings should be like this?)

Ed had a cool new speaker his son Taylor had picked up at Cabela’s, it is a camouflage with a cord to plug into your i-phone, and on the i-phone we had an app for deer calls and horn rattling. Technology has forever changed hunting, and not in a bad way! As the sun came up, Ed pointed out a deer about 200 yards away at a feeder. It was a small 6 point buck, too small to shoot, but really cool to look at. So Ed starts playing with the horn sounds on the i-phone. They sounded really realistic, but no good. So then Ed makes the call of a pretty doe desiring attention…but nothing.  The buck was much more interested in corn than in our sounds of a doe looking for a date. But then, about 10 minutes later after he’d eaten his fill, we played the call again, and this time the buck came up pretty close to find out where his digital doe was.
As I sat there holding a hand-warmer (which by the way didn’t actually heat up until 3 hours later!!!) watching this beautiful animal, I have to admit it made me think about church. Here’s what I thought. As Christians, as the church, we are kind of like hunters hoping to be visited. And we want to put out these great new calls to try and get people interested in what we’ve got going on. However, people without a relationship with Jesus (the buck) are not concerned with the fancy calls we give them, they are more  concerned with what they need. For the deer, it was corn to eat. For people, it is acceptance, being heard, finding someone to spend time with them, being invited to hang out, finding someone to love them, being wanted, a friend. And it will only be after we give people without Jesus these things that they are so desperately needing, that they will ever hear our call telling them about Jesus.
We must quit being so concerned about getting people “in church” or behaving a certain way. Instead, we need to focus on finding people with needs, and meeting those immediate needs, because it is only then, after we have developed relationship and cared for them that they can hear things from us that really matter, like how much God loves them…so much that He sent Jesus for them. Makes sense really, I had a teacher who used to always say, “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” In James 2:15-16 we read it this way, “Suppose you see a brother or sister who needs food or clothing,and you say, "Well, good-bye and God bless you; stay warm and eat well"-- but then you don't give that person any food or clothing. What good does that do?”
Let’s quit hiding in our stands making calls out to the world to come to us that they pay no attention to because they are consumed with their needs. Instead, let’s climb down and go over to them and help them with their needs, so that when we then in love call out to them, they will hear, and come, and meet the One who changes everything. Now that’s some good hunting! Hmmmm, sounds like I need should talk with the deacons about this...I better call Ed and schedule another early morning meeting! 
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