An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life: “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy. ”It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil–he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.”
He continued, “The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you–and inside every other person, too.”
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: “Which wolf will win?”The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”
The Apostle Paul wrote in Romans 7 That every Christian possesses two natures. We were born with an earthy, fallen nature. The moment a person trusts Christ as their Savior, he gains a new nature (in addition to the old) by spiritual birth. John 3 That is when the struggle begins. The fight between two wolves [natures] is eternal. Both wolves[natures] will always be there. Because every Christian has two natures, he has the choice of following the old man or the new man.
Many new Christians are unaware of this Biblical teaching and try to feed both natures. One day they pray, read the Bible and go to church. At other times they surrender control of their lives to their lower, earthy nature. IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO FEED BOTH NATURES AT THE SAME TIME!
One truth to remember is that it’s so much easier to feed the first wolf – the first wolf is there to encourage the easier options in life; it comes ‘natural’. There is almost no effort required to do those things, and you’re getting the reward with the sensation of relieving and instant gratification without much an action.
The second wolf [our new nature] is very different; it’s harder to feed. It’s challenging, tiring and time-consuming to do things like learning, teaching, inspiring, sharing or simply sticking to the new behavior. And you don’t usually see immediate results from them.
Which wolf [nature] you choose to feed will define who you are, and we all know we should feed the second wolf [nature]–even if it’s harder. Feeding the second wolf is how we end up feeling a sense of accomplishment and success at the end of the day. By conquering the temptation of the first wolf we opt for a much more challenging (but right) option in life.