Hinds’ Feet

It struck me that each type of creature represents a type of believer. Each of us who belong to the Lord are called to serve Him in different ways. We have different callings and different gifts.

“For who is God, but the Lord?
And who is a rock, except our God,
The God who girds me with strength
And makes my way blameless?
He makes my feet like hinds’ feet,
And sets me upon my high places.”

– Psalm 18:31-33

During Sunday worship, I saw an image of a deer climbing a mountain side and I immediately thought of the passage from Psalm 18 – “He makes my feet like hinds’ feet“. In context, the psalmist is praising God for giving him strength and for making his “way blameless.” Then I asked whose way is blameless?

“I thank my God always concerning you for the grace of God which was given you in Christ Jesus, that in everything you were enriched in Him, in all speech and all knowledge, even as the testimony concerning Christ was confirmed in you, so that you are not lacking in any gift, awaiting eagerly the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will also confirm you to the end, blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

– 1 Corinthians 1:4-8

As I continued to worship, I saw more creatures, each in their own environment, jumping from branch to branch in the trees, slithering through the grass, coursing through the water, soaring through the air. Each creature has its own natural home, its own ways, its own purpose. Some are in high places, some in low. Some move quickly, some slowly. Some live in the open, others in hidden places.

It struck me that each type of creature represents a type of believer. Each of us who belong to the Lord are called to serve Him in different ways. We have different callings and different gifts. Just as there is great diversity in creation, there is even greater diversity in the Kingdom. We need to guard against the tendency to expect all believers to live the same way or have the same gifts. We do not all need to become pastors. We do not all need to become missionaries. We do not all need to speak in tongues. We do need to become what the Lord wants us to become.

“And God has appointed in the church, first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, various kinds of tongues. All are not apostles, are they? All are not prophets, are they? All are not teachers, are they? All are not workers of miracles, are they? All do not have gifts of healings, do they? All do not speak with tongues, do they? All do not interpret, do they? But earnestly desire the greater gifts.”

– 1 Corinthians 12:28-31

Similarly, we need to resist the tendency to make disciples in our own image instead of the Lord’s. We need the humility and wisdom to know what we should give from ourselves and what we should leave to the Lord. Our goal should be for all believers to be what Christ calls them to be.

- February 1, 2015