I saw this video of a Chihuahua turned sheepdog in the UK. It struck me that a 10″ tall dog could chase and intimidate a small herd of 3′ tall sheep.
And then I thought…
This is why the Bible calls us sheep! We too tend to run at the littlest sign of trouble. Even though the Bible declares over and over and over our enemy is defeated, Jesus, our Lord has all power and authority over all the devices of our enemy. 1 John3:8 says, “The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work.”
My question is this: What is making you run? What is causing you to rethink your place in the Kingdom of God, in life, in the Church? Usually it’s the little things that get us down! Song of Solomon 2:15 says it’s the little foxes that spoil the vine. Sometimes we run like sheep at the smallest issue. A confrontation in church, a set back in our ministry and/or plans for life, a fight over something relatively insignificant can take the wind out of our sails…
… if we LET IT!
What I know and have seen often is that it’s usually something small that makes us want to give up! The BIG problems in life tend to make us to buckle down and press onward. When confronted with a life-threatening illness or a bankrupt business or a divorce or lost loved one – many turn nearer toward Christ and the comfort of the Holy Spirit. It’s not the big obstacles we need to watch out for, it’s the small ones.
So what are we to do?
Grow up! That’s it. Whatever is making you run is really a non-issue in the grand scheme of God’s purpose and plans. Don’t let the Chihuahua make you run for your life – he’s just mad Taco Bell doesn’t call anymore.
Your enemy is defeated. Your Lord and Savior has won. Stop running and start advancing.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. 2 Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.