a wolf should one day, after watching peaceful sheep,
decide that this is how
an animal should live. So he
goes down to the pasture and pulling
a wooly sweater over his shaggy body, he climbs over the fence and begins to
try to eat grass with the flock.
tries as hard as he can, but the grass sticks in his teeth and he gets
restless lying quietly in the sun.
as he hears other wolves howling, he twitches and it is so hard for him to
sleep peacefully like the rest of the flock.
struggles to push down his aggressiveness but every time a fat lamb grazes
close to him, he catches himself drooling.
day a pack of his old buddies race past and before he knows it, he leaps the
fence and races to join them. Later he returns to the flock, head down
and dejected and so sorry to have failed in his resolve.
he is lying under a bush, so dejected at his failure and wishing to
die, he hears a loving voice, and lifting his shaggy head with the tatters
of the wooly sweater dangling around his neck, and gazes into the face
of the lovely Shepherd-Creator.
he says kindly, If you truly want to be one of my sheep, you must be
born again, recreated as a sheep, for Can the Ethiopian change his
skin, or the leopard his spots? then may ye also do good, that are
accustomed to do evil. Jer.13.23
Wolf approaches the Creator, head down and repentant, I can do
nothing to change myself, I know, I have tried, and I get nowhere.
Please, Dear Creator, recreate me as one of your sheep.
the wolf was recreated he found a wonderful joy in being a sheep
and doing sheep things.
The grass was delicious,
he enjoyed the company of the other sheep and
no longer desired any part of his old ways.
Except a man be born again,
he cannot see the kingdom of God.