Do you know you have been rescued by love?
No Perfect Pedigree
When my boys convinced me it was time to get a new fur baby, my first inclination was to adopt from a local shelter.
In fact we made seven trips to three local shelters over the span of a week in search of the perfect addition to our family. So many of those shelter animals had obvious injuries or illnesses. Most showed signs of abuse or neglect. Some had been abandoned by their owners and others were found in fields fending for themselves. Who knew what baggage they were hiding under those fur coats?
Then, I stumbled upon the solution… golden doodle puppies. Predominantly hypoallergenic and low shedding, very intelligent, good for families, from a reputable breeder, and with all their first shots. They seemed like the perfect fit for our allergy prone and slightly crazy household. Tiny puppies we could train from the start with good habits. Babies who carry no baggage from their previous owners. Sweet innocents checked out by a vet and certified to be free of illness or injury. Perfect!
I was sold.
My boys, not so much.
They insisted we go to the shelter again before checking out the litter.
That’s where my kids fell for Sheldon.
They weren’t interested in seeing my perfect puppies because they had found the one they loved.
When God sets His sights on us, He isn’t looking for perfect pedigree, either.
He is looking for love.
Maybe you have run away from the family of faith or perhaps the church has hurt you. Maybe you chased sin so far in the wrong direction you don’t know how to get back home. Perhaps you were born to a family without faith and have never heard that Jesus died to save you.
Because of our sin, none of us are without issues. God already knows where we’ve been, what we’ve done, and what has been done to us. But there is no baggage too heavy for God to carry on our behalf. We can never go so far He can’t find us.
Because God loves us, He rescued us.
Just like Sheldon, we get a fresh start at life when we accept God’s gift of salvation through faith.
Just like Sheldon, we receive forgiveness for all our mistakes by the blood of Christ.
Just like Sheldon, we become adopted members of a new forever family by God’s grace.
Just like Sheldon, we have nothing to offer our Savior in return, except our love. To be fair, he throws in a few sloppy, wet, dog kisses every now and then for good measure.
Forgiveness is the Catalyst for Love
Jesus caused quite a scandal when he allowed a sinful woman to anoint His feet with expensive perfume at a dinner party. The Pharisees thought Jesus must not be a prophet if He would even consider letting a woman like her touch Him. After telling a story about a moneylender who forgave the debts of two individuals, Jesus asked the man which one would love more. Simon replied, “I suppose the one who had the bigger debt forgiven ( Luke 7:43).”
This woman’s love for Jesus originated in the knowledge of the forgiveness He offered her. Her adoration far surpassed that of all the religious leaders seated at the table who were blinded to the depths of their need for forgiveness.
Forgiveness is the catalyst for love.
Those of us who have had much forgiven have much love to offer. Let us not hold back an ounce of our devotion to The One who has rescued us. We can skip the sloppy wet kisses, but let’s shower our God with love in proportion to that from which He has rescued us.
If you’ve ever had a naughty dog, you won’t want to miss the next post in this series: Encouragement for When You Mess Up.
Dear Father, Thank you for rescuing me from certain death. I offer you my love. Help me to do as Jesus commanded and love You with my whole heart and also to love my neighbors as myself. Forgive me when I stray from Your path and gently lead me back home. In Jesus Name, Amen.
“For You have delivered my soul from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling.”Psalm 116:8
Linking Up With
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