A Dog’s Life

Our new dog, Roscoe, is living a dog’s life. He gets held whenever he whines. He gets more food to eat than he needs. He sleeps any time he want’s any where he wants. He isn’t expected to do anything responsible to merit all that he gets for free. I took most of two days flying round trip to Philadelphia to pick him up, and paid good money to boot. It is kind of a mystery as to why I did that and why a dumb dog who can’t talk or seem to make sense of a simple command not to poop in the house has become so special. It makes no sense to me even though I am right in the middle of the whole thing. The payback is his affection in a very simple kind of way. He whines to be picked up, he wags his tail like crazy when you look at him, and he practically wiggles himself into a frenzy when you scratch his belly. A simple dog like devotion seems to attract many people to put up with these hairy, noisy, peeing and pooping nuisances.

Romans 5:6-9 For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him.

I am a born again child of God, forgiven, adopted into His family. Why did He do that for me?

John 14:1-3 Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also.

Jesus is building a house for us and He will come and take us to be with Him, live with Him forever. Why? What makes me or you worth that kind of attention?

I am not sure why He loves me so much, but He does, and my main responsibility, if I can call it that is to adore Him, to worship Him, to thank Him, to praise Him, not as an occasional ritual, but without ceasing. To acknowledge His presence in my life continually, to talk to Him, to walk humbly with my God, to bring Him great joy by my joy in Him.

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