YOU CAN’T EAT ANTLERS

There are different kinds of deer hunters. There are the few hunters who hunt for antlers only. They pass on smaller deer because they want the great big “bragging rights” antlers which resemble small trees.

Most hunters like me, they like to eat deer. Don’t get me wrong, us meat eaters wouldn’t mind having the big antlers as well as the meat, but we tend to be practical ’cause everyone knows you can’t eat antlers. I have often butchered meat of a deer shot by a “sportsman” who only wanted the antlers. He had the cool horns for the wall, but I had the freezer full of venison to carry my family through the hard times of winter.

In this journey called faith, many would do well to remember you can’t eat antlers. Just as a trophy hunter’s only looking for something to hang on his wall so everyone will know how cool he is, many Christians (especially preachers) tend to lean towards avenues of ministry which will bring home some trophies to hang on the wall. They want to do things which put them in the forefront, where everyone can see them and applaud them for their sacrifice.

Jesus dealt with these folks in his day. They were called Pharisees and hypocrites. They did lots of cool ministry things, but they did them to to be seen by men. Jesus said they had their reward. The other guys thought they were cool – they had their antlers on the wall. However when the cold winds of judgment swept through their lives, there was no venison to take out of the freezer to carry them through. There was no ministry done in humility and in obscurity that would be remembered in heaven.

What about you, my friend? Are you planning to eat antlers? Hope you’ve got good dental insurance!

Lord, the only trophy I want is to hear you say, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.”

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Kurt J. Kolka grew up in the small community of Grayling, Mich., near the forested AuSable River. After majoring in English at college, he began a career in writing and newspapers spanning more than two decades. In his spare time he creates a Christian comic strip, The Cardinal, which has a 28-year history of publication. He has also authored a book, “Bullying is No Laughing Matter” (Front Edge Publications, Ann Arbor, Mich., 2014) and is working on his first novel. Kurt and his wife Diane have been married for more than 25 years and have one daughter, Rebekah, and an overprotective dog, Alli. Of life, Kurt says, “Life is never dull with God at the steering wheel, but, man, does He have a lead foot!” More about Kurt and his musings may be found at www.betweenthepines.org.

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