I like strong flavors, my steak heavily seasoned and my poultry infused with herbs. What are your preferences? Do you like your coffee mild or strong? Do you like bright “look at me” colors or more subdued colors that blend in with the surroundings? Do you read romance, mysteries, or thrillers? Are you loud or soft-spoken? Serious or humorous?
Depending on the country where you live, the family you were reared with, or the friends you keep,
certain things are more or less appreciated, accepted, and rejected. It’s not always easy for me to want what I like if you like something else. I have to make a choice every time this happens. Here’s what goes through my head.
- Live like a cat and want what I want no matter what you think.
- Like my opinion and defer to yours.
- Like my opinion and love you in yours, agree to disagree.
- Know the truth, see you in sin, accept you, love you, lead you to the truth.
- Live like a chameleon: changing my beliefs from environment to environment.
Options 2, 3, & 4 are examples of living boldly. The extremes of options 1 & 5 tempt me more than I like to admit. For years I blindly lived as a dissatisfied, scaly, dry chameleon thinking I was loving others when actually I was loving myself more than God. I hated living like that and decided to try a cat’s life. That was no good either because I loved myself and not others. Feline love did not satisfy any more than the amphibian approach. I threw up my hands, repented for loving myself more than God, and said, “Lord, I’m tired of living like a cat and a chameleon, teach me to live like a human.” And he did.
There is nothing subtle about the decision Jesus made to invade and conquer our world or the way he lived his life. He had a mission: to please his Father. His friends didn’t understand him. His family thought he had a mental disorder. The religious people hated him. No matter what, his mission never changed. Not once did he live like a chameleon or a cat. He was always strong and he always loved God and others.
Jesus was fully God and fully human. (Existing fully as both has deep implications besides understanding how we feel but that’s a post for another day.) It hurts when your friends don’t understand and your family wants to lock you away in the house. No one likes being hated even if the people who hate you are wrong and mean. He was human, felt as we feel and he stayed focused on his Father’s desires. Jesus is what it means to be truly human and live boldly.
2 Timothy 2:4 says, “No soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him.”
Do you have feline or amphibian tendencies?
How do you avoid living like a cat or chameleon?
How are you living like a human?
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