Nicky is the first cat I’ve ever had in my life. He showed up about a year and a half ago, and well, we made friends right off. I hope this doesn’t sound too crazy, but sometimes, the Lord speaks to my heart through my relationship with Nicky.
Like all male cats, there were times when Nicky just had to get out of the house. Upon returning from his romps, he would often be wounded, scratched up, and just exhausted. I would doctor him up, keep him inside until he started going crazy, and then I’d let him out again. I began to watch him as he would make his way up the dirt road to who knows where, and I learned that after each incident, he always made a straight line up that dirt road for more “beat-down.”
I began to think to myself, “Doesn’t he know he’s only going to get hurt again? It seems like he would learn after so many times of pain and misery.”
It dawned on me that Nicky wasn’t any better or worse than any other cat. He wasn’t stupid or anything, he was just doing what was in his nature for him to do. It would take him somehow getting a “new nature” to change his behavior. He could not stop himself. In fact, he had no desire to change his behavior at all. He would keep repeating the same actions over and over again.
Isn’t that true for us as well? We need a new nature. We need to be born again by the Spirit of God, and be transformed into the image of Jesus. Until we receive the new nature that only comes from the indwelling Holy Spirit, we keep on doing the same old things over and over again. It’s not that we are any better or worse than anyone else, it’s just that we do what our sin-nature tells us to do.
We aren’t sinners because we sin, we sin because we’re sinners. The good news is that Jesus can give us a new nature, one that desires to know and please God. We can be born anew. I don’t know about you, but, I’m tired of going up that same old dirt road for another “beat-down.” Let’s cry out to Jesus, to save us and make us like Him!