In the very last words Jesus speaks in the Gospel of Mark (Mark 16 :15) Jesus commands us all to “go into the world and preach the gospel to every creature”. These exact words are in the New King James version. When I opened up the bible for my early morning reading recently, I was deeply moved by these words.
As our family live out on the land and are surrounded by many creatures, I found myself smiling in a way that I could feel the love God has for all of His creation rising up inside my heart. I can remember when I was a child seeing the movie, Dr Doolittle and loving the idea or possibility that I could really talk to animals, the way he did in the film. The moment I read the words written in that gospel, I felt excited that Jesus is telling me to go out and preach the gospels to “every creature”. I could just see myself going and preaching to all of the magpies as they sing their songs to us every morning. They are singing right now as I am writing these words!
From the time I became Christian I have been travelling all over the world, singing and preaching to people in concerts, on the streets, in people’s homes, whilst having my hair done at the hairdresser’s, in churches, and every where I can speak where anyone would listen, but I have not so far gone out and been preaching to God’s creatures!
After reading these words to our Christian community where we live, different members have been telling us that they have been preaching to our cat, some of the horses and so on, to great effect. Our very old cat, known simply as “puss”, has been developing a slightly mad behaviour pattern, where as soon as she sees anyone, she meows in this extreme way and wants everyone to feed her immediately.
She is quite old, and even though we feed her incessantly, and have given her worming tablets, she is a little thin. It appears she is obsessed with tinned cat food. Apparently there could be something in the food, which causes cats to become addicted. I would believe this, except that none of our other cats behave in this way, so I suspect that she is getting old and perhaps is losing her “marbles”.
One of the members of the community, after hearing the reading the other morning, went and prayed for puss to be healed and preached the words of Jesus to her, and she has been a new cat since then! She is no longer meowing in this insane manner and seems to be interested again in sitting on the couch and being patted, something I haven’t seen too much of lately.
I know that people say that there is “more in heaven and earth than man can ever dream of”, and change in puss confirms the saying yet again. Jesus however, has given us so many keys, I know for all of us, there is always more we can learn from Him to apply in a very practical way, every moment of the day! When He said that anyone who obeys His commands can do what He did and even greater things, I want to encourage everyone to keep going. Keep looking to Jesus, His words bring us to new life every day, if we will do what He says. This never ceases to astonish me, how much more there is for us every day, if we will obey Him.