Matthew 8:19 – And a certain scribe came, and said unto him, Master, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest. (KJV)
Matthew 15:27 – She said, "Yes, Lord, yet even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters' table." (ESV)
One Sunday morning, our pastor introduced his sermon by referring to a ministry known as "Cat n Dog Theology". Having two cats at home, this idea naturally aroused my curiosity. Then, I heard the following quotation:
- A dog may look at you and think, You feed me, you pet me, you shelter me, you love me — you must be god! On the other hand, a cat can look at you and think, You feed me, you pet me, you shelter me, you love me — I must be god!
Later, I was surprised to learn that this is a large, international ministry which begins with this simple joke in its mission to call the church away from self-centredness, focusing primarily on the glory of God.
Most cat owners would agree that, in general, these adorable little creatures are rather narcissistic and aloof. But some of my favourite emails come from pet lovers showing the controlling nature of cats over dogs. One funny video clip shows dogs afraid of walking by their feline housemates; another shows timid dogs of all sizes afraid to get in their own beds while the cats are resting comfortably, like royalty.
So what does all this have to do with communicating Scripture and teaching biblical principles? Consider that both dogs and cats perceive the same information regarding their master, yet one is self-centred and the other is master-centred. Therefore, we should ask ourselves: Which attitude best describes our relationship to God and to others? How can we wholeheartedly seek Christ's will and not our own? Finally, how can we serve the Lord together with humility and love for one another?
Like dogs, let us eagerly seek to please our Master, to follow wherever He leads, and to glorify Him in all we do.
Prayer: Dear Jesus, Lord and Master, we give our hearts to You. Help us to die to self in order that Your life can be glorified in us. We ask this in Christ's name and for His sake. Amen.