A dog of any other color, is still a dog…
God has taught me much, lately, about the idea of humility. Really, more than humility, He has been teaching me much about the idea of authentically recognizing just who exactly I am. In other words, I'm not much, just as He is much, and I need to recognize that in order to serve Him with humility.
I think Paul understood this concept. In the latter part of his ministry, Paul told Timothy that he was the chief of all sinners. In my own opinion, Paul wasn't any more sinful at this point than earlier in his life and ministry, but rather he was closer than ever to God which made him that much more aware of his own humanity.
Today while listening to an Adrian Rogers message on the Beatitudes, Dr. Rogers made a tremendous point that I had not been aware of previously. In the story of the Syro-Phoenecian women (Mark 7:24-30) the woman approached Jesus and requested help for her daughter who was demon possessed. Jesus responded with a great amount of curtness and actually referred to her as a dog. In the Greek, the word used in the passage, by Jesus, for dog, refers to a lapdog, or family housedog. The woman's reply back to Jesus, is startling and invokes an immediate response of compassion from Jesus. Rather than be offended by Jesus' statement to her, she agrees with him. She goes on to call herself a dog, but she does so with much more force. She actually uses a word for dog that refers to a mangy mongrel. When Jesus notices her brokenness He is moved to response.
**After being approached by a good friend, I've done further study and I have been unable to find the separate words for dog found in this passage. In my study, the same word was used in both instances (kunarion) . While my study may be inaccurate, this does not change the jist of my post that God desires brokenness. **
As we continue to look through the biblical record, we see this pattern over and over again. From Isaiah in Isaiah 6, to Peter as the cock crows. God loves brokenness.
So, what has God been teaching you lately?