About Jesus - Steve (Stephen) Sweetman
Are Like Cats
Some people believe that
we evolved from monkeys. The
way some of us behave, I can certainly understand their reasoning, but if
you ask me, I think we have evolved from cats.
I have had one dog for a
pet and one cat for a pet in my seventy-one year life.
If there is anything that I have learned from my two precious
buddies, it is this. A dog is
certainly not a cat. A cat is
definitely not a dog, and, people are like cats.
Yes, both people and cats have a mind of their own.
With having a mind of our own in mind, read Romans 12:2.
"Do not conform to
the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your
mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his
good, pleasing and perfect will."
Paul told us that our
minds need a transformation, a metamorphosis, as the Greek text puts it.
This implies that we do actually have a mind of our own that has
been influenced by our cultural environment more than we are willing
to admit. That being the case,
there is hope for such a mental metamorphosis in our lives.
2 Corinthians 5:17 tells us that Christians have become a brand new
creation of people, and that is due to the Holy Spirit's residency within
Christians. Here is the
Christian Standard Bible's rendering of that verse.
anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, and
see, the new has come!"
As a Christian, I have
become a brand new person, yet I still live in my old earthly body.
Despite this reality, I have the God-given, inherent ability,
through the Holy Spirit, to undergo a mental metamorphosis.
Guided by the Holy Spirit and diligent Bible study, little by
little, this transformation takes place.
So, as cute as your little furry friend is, don't be like him.
Be like the one Jesus has made you to be.
By the way, I don't really believe we evolved from cats, despite some similarities we have with them. Also, the event that proved to me that a cat is not a dog is when, at the top of the stairs, our cute little kitten would not move for me. I ended up tripping over him and falling down the stairs. Our dog, Jesse, would have moved out of the way for me, but our cat, Timmy, figured I should be the one moving, not him.