How a mammoth, a sloth, and a tiger become a herd
What do a mammoth, a sloth and a tiger have in common? In reality nothing! But in the movie Ice Age (1), we are introduced to these three animals who share the common goal of having to return a human child to its parents. The mammoth despises the sloth, the sloth fears the tiger, and the tiger wants to eat them both. Even though they make the unlikeliest of travelling companions, by the end of the movie they are a herd.
What is it that made these three unlikely animal characters become a herd? In a word – time. As they travelled with each other and got to know each other, their hearts started to connect and they started to see past their differences, even their prejudices.
Our Christian walk is much the same. For starters, every single one of us (even the unbeliever) shares a common goal – we are all travelling towards eternity (see Ecclesiastes 3:11). For Christians, it will be an eternity in heaven (John 14:6). For unbelievers, not. But the truth is that we all share this common journey of travelling towards eternity.
And as we all know, as we travel this common journey called life, there are those people that we like and those people that we dislike. But as true as it is for the Ice Age characters, so it is for us too – the longer that we journey with others, the more and more we start to connect with them, start to like them, start to love them. And when love prevails, it covers over a multitude of offences (see 1 Peter 4:8).
This is why relational discipleship is so important. God needs you to be prepared to journey with other people. He may even allow “difficult” people to be a part of that journey. He may never intend for it to be short term. And it may even be that He wants something to change in YOU.
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Unless otherwise noted, all references are from the New International Version.
Ecclesiastes 3:11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.
John 14:6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
1 Peter 4:8 Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.
Posted on April 16, 2012, in Christianity, Discipleship, Practical Faith and tagged discipleship, relational discipleship. Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on How a mammoth, a sloth, and a tiger become a herd.