In part one of this series I wrote about the extraordinary interaction between the Honeyguide and Honey Badger. The result was one of Africa's most ferocious animals, the Honey Badger, being led by the Honeyguide to a beehive and then leaving a piece of honey comb as a reward for the Honeyguide.
Let's backup a little and begin with Honeyguide and look at this interaction from another angle. The guide has flown around searching for the hive. Eventually this persistent creature finds honey either in a tree or between rocky crags. His instincts demand that he share this energy giving treasure with others so he flies off to tell others of his discovery.
The Honeyguide's quest is to locate one the most feared omnivores in Africa, the Honey Badger. Not for a moment does the guide think that this ruthless creature could eat him on a whim. The little tweeter is on a mission of sharing and is not deterred with negative notions.
TWEET TWEET TWEET
The badger reluctantly follows and is rewarded because of the tenacious Honeyguide.
Understanding God through His Creation
Part two - To Produce vs. To Proclaim.
Our avian guide did not create the honey. He had no role in producing this treasure. He only directed others to its life-giving goodness. The decision is up to the badger whether or not he will partake in this meal. It was not up to the Honeyguide to decide for the badger.
When it comes to showing others the love of Christ we often fall into the trap of trying to be produce and not proclaim.
We feel like we must affect change in others instead of being the catalyst for that change. We shoulder responsibilities of change rather than introducing them into a relationship with Christ.
This interaction often ends in frustration because we don't see the expected results. Results that only the Holy Spirit can bring about. Results only He can take credit for. It is really quite simple if you think about it. Bees produced the honey. While all the Honeyguide did was proclaim the message that this golden goodness was there.
In our lives Christ has already produced the truth. And He also continues to BE the truth. Our role is to proclaim the truth of His Goodness to others, and let them feast on it.
John the Baptist proclaimed this very message:
John (the Baptist) was not the light, he was simply a witness to tell about the light.John 1:8 (NLT)
John the Baptist realized that he did not produce the truth; he was sent to proclaim the truth. As believers this is also our task and daily challenge.