It is amusing to see a dog chasing its own tail and running in circles. Some pet pscychologist regard it as a symptom of compulsive disorder and need medication, just to complicate matters I think!. For me, I regard this dog as normal, chasing after something it already has but doesn't realize it, after all it is a dog and not a human.
Similarly, have you got an experience of frantically looking for your sunglasses or car keys, only to realise that the sunglasses are on your forehead and the keys in your back pocket? Even though you are forgetful, figuratively speaking, you are like a dog chasing its own tail! Coming to think of it, perhaps I should be kind to this dog - God may have made the dog more intelligent than I think, so I will now just say the dog is forgetful too just like us!
In our Christian walk, we sometimes behave similar to this dog if we forget our birth right or our inheritance in Christ. In the case of the dog, it has forgetten that it is born with a tail too. We sometimes do chase after things of God when they are already resident in us when we are born again.
It is sometimes a refreshing idea to stop running in the christian rut for a while and to reflect and evaluate in the light of what God has already done for us, so that we are not running in circles just like the dog.
For example, sometimes we think that God will forsake us and hence we want to shy away from God when in fact during this time we can go to Him confidently as God says that He will not forsake us or leave us orphan; His love is tenacious and nothing will be able to separate us from His love. The love of God is reflected in the parable of the “prodigal son”and there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. That is our birthright.
At times we seek God’s anointing to fall upon us when the anointing is already in us to teach us all about Him, we only need to believe and release that anointing in us to flow out like rivers of living water so that others around will be blessed. The anointing is not only for the priviledged few – that is old covenant times. We are in new covenant times, the Spirit of God is in us.
I John 2:27 But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you,and ye need not that any man teach you:but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things,and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you,you shall abide in him.
Jn 7:38 Jesus said,“If anyone thirsts, let him come unto Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water”
Ezekial 47 prophesied the rivers of living water when he saw water issued out under the threshold of the temple, the water that brought life and healing. This water of life/anointing is now in us, the church (God’s people) or God’s temple (the living stones –us!).This water of life, the anointing can now flow through our body when we lay hands on the sick to heal (Mark 16 v 18), through our lips when we prophesy/speak in tongues to edify and through visions and dreams…..
The anointing oozed out of Paul’s body and in the case of Peter, his shadow :
Acts 19: 11-12 God did extraordinary miracles through Paul, so that even handkerchiefs and aprons that had touched him were take to the sick, and their illnesses were cured and the evil spirits left them.
Acts 5:15 As a result, people brought the sick into the streets and ladi them on beds and mats so that at least Peter’s shadow might fall on some of them as he passed by.
As believers, when we come on Sunday together for celebration, the worship leader does not have to rev us up with 2 fast songs, 2 moderate slow songs and then 2 very slow songs to enter into His presence when God says that we can come to Him boldy, with confidence to His throne of grace because Jesus has already torn down the veil separating the Holy of Holies from the people. In the old covenant, there is the outer court, the inner court and the Holy of Holies and some believers believe in having these 3 sets of songs to enter into His presence. We are in the new covenant.
Some Christians are still looking and earning righteousness when God says His rigteousness is a gift and all our righteous deeds are like filtthy rags.
Ocassionally we feel that God is far away. This feeling stems from old covenant belief. God is in us and He is never far away. Isa 59 verse 1 : Surely the arm of the Lord is not too short to save nor his ear too dull to hear. In the old covenant, what made God seems far?, Isa 59 v 2 says : But your iniquities has separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you so that he will not hear.
In the new covenant, because of Jesus dying for our iniquities, God’s face is no longer hidden from us, in fact, He is already living in us. When we do things that offend God, we can always come back to Him to accept what He has already done (that He has forgiven all our sins, all means all) on the cross for us with thankfullness.
Sometimes I wonder what if the dog is not born with a tail?? In fact, the only time you don’t see the dog’s tail is when it is in between the legs when threatened and scared. Well, imagine for a while the dog is a christian dog. It will not only know that the tail is part of its makeup but also it will be bold to show off its tail in times of threatening situation.
The good news is that we are much better than the ‘christian dog’, we have better things than the tail, we have the birthright to the richness of His inheritance and we can boldly declare them in times of trouble. We have also much better things to do than chasing our tail! As christians who rest on the finished work of Jesus, we do not have to suffer from that compulsive disorder, we have Jesus in us, the God of order in us. Rejoice.