I spent three days doing everything in my power to help a lamb survive. In the end, all of my efforts didn’t help him pull through. People in the business of raising sheep have a saying: “A sheep doesn’t need a reason to die.” It’s very true and this little lamb was proof of that—it was his own lack of will that prevented him from surviving.
“And Jesus, when he came out, saw much people, and was moved with compassion toward them, because they were as sheep not having a shepherd: and he began to teach them many things.” Matthew 6:34
The phrase “as sheep” occurs nine times in the Bible. Clearly, there are some similarities between sheep and people. I wonder how many times the death of one of God’s “lambs” occurs because they don’t need a reason to die and they give up. The Shepherd is there doing everything He can to reach them, love them and give them life but they reject it all.
One of the ways the Shepherd reaches out is with our writing. I don’t care what genre it is from fiction to nonfiction, from novels to business papers, if we honor Jesus Christ in what we do, He can use it to His glory.
I spent three days sleeping very little, doing my best to encourage a little lamb. Think about how much time Jesus Christ spends on His lambs. How heart broken He must be when they fail to reach out and take hold of life. I can’t save anyone or change them. But I can be a tool for Jesus to use if I, in obedience, use the gifts He’s given me. Writing is one of those gifts.
|He looked fine but it didn't last.|