Today’s Scripture Reading: Jude 1:1-25; Revelation 1:1-2:29
Do you think Fido and Fluffy are as smart as humans?
At some point most of us have wished for a life as easy as our family pets. While most of us don’t have it as easy as our pets, many of us think like our pets more than we realize.
But these people scoff at things they do not understand. Like unthinking animals, they do whatever their instincts tell them, and so they bring about their own destruction. –Jude 1:10
They do whatever their instincts tell them…
Have you had a moment in the last few weeks when you did what your animal instincts told you?
I know I have. I hate it! You know, those times when your natural, fleshly, instincts get the best of you.
The animal instinct that’s on my mind this day after Christmas is eating.
Eating, Eating, and Eating–Have you ever seen your pet eat until they make themselves sick? Their self-preservation instinct is to eat while there’s food; just in case there’s none to be found tomorrow. They don’t understand things like moderation, calories, fat, etc. That’s why our pets need owners to portion out their food.
A couple of Christmases ago I had a stomach bug. I didn’t need to eat anything but bananas and toast. What did I want? Raw oysters, horseradish and a coke. Why would anyone in their right mind eat oysters a day after a stomach bug? Because I was at my brother’s and he had a bag of delicious, salty, Apalachicola oysters and was willing to shuck some for me. Just like all the other Christmas treats, it’s my once a year chance; I better eat all I can, while I can. Doesn’t that sound just like Fido or Fluffy?
I think I need an owner to supervise my food intake.
Seriously, in today’s culture we live by the “If it feels good, do it” mentality. I think it’s more like were living by our animal instincts. The more we override our conscience, the more our animal instincts become the norm. I don’t think that’s what God planned for His children.
Then God said, “Let us make human beings in our image, to be like us. They will reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, the livestock, all the wild animals on the earth, and the small animals that scurry along the ground.” –Genesis 1:26
We’re supposed to reign over the animals rather than become like them.
Which animal instinct are you struggling with?
Heavenly Father, You are my owner. Holy Spirit, as I move into a new year, please supervise my animal instincts, put me in my place. Fill me with Your Spirit so that I will be drawn to Your ways instead of MY ways. Forgive me for succumbing to my fleshly desires. Jesus, rescue me from myself. Rescue me from the destruction Your Word talks about. Lord, You made me in Your Image; help me to be a reflection of You.
In Jesus’ Name. Amen and Amen!
© 2013 Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Revelation 3:1-6:17