Let me tell you an old story about a scorpion and a frog. The frog was getting ready to cross the river and the scorpion begged the frog to allow the scorpion to ride on the frog’s back as he crossed. Of course the frog wasn’t very cooperative. He was afraid the scorpion was going to sting him as they were crossing. The scorpion convinced the frog to take him along saying that if he stung him they would both die crossing the river so the frog didn’t need to worry about being stung.
Part way across the river the scorpion stung the frog. Just before both of them drowned, the frog asked the scorpion why he had stung him. What was the scorpion’s response? I just had to. It’s my nature. You see, stinging is what scorpions do. They can’t help it.
When I think of this story, I also think about our nature as followers of Christ. By definition, we should be modeling the behavior of Christ and following His teachings?
On my blog you can see a video of a young boy without any winter coat sitting on a bench in the cold. Some people walk by him and do nothing. Others stop and talk with him. Still others give him their own coats and keep him warm. What behavior would you model?
When people want to gossip and include you, as a follower of Christ, what is your natural response? When someone does something to hurt you, as a follower of Christ, what is your natural response? In other words, by your behaviors, how does anyone even know that you are a follower of Christ? What actions show that by following Christ your very nature has changed and that you are a new creation?
2 Corinthians 5:17 reminds us of this, Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!
So, may I encourage you not to be the scorpion that stings because that is his nature. Rather, be the new creation in Christ and model what it means to be a follower of Christ. Make the Godly characteristics taught in scripture your new nature.