This week, a couple I know adopted a mutt from the Animal Shelter. They named him Bear. Bear was in captivity at the pound and would have been put to death if nobody adopted him. Now, Bear is happy and free. And he loves his new owners. The fair weather cumulus clouds reflect off his happy eyes at the park when I see him there. So well behaved, he lays contentedly leashed to the pavilion post in the shade while his masters play Frisbee without him. He knows his time for play and exercise is coming.
Bear reminds me of a happy Christian. He was a slave to sin (John 8:34). His execution was certain (Rom. 6:23). Yet, Christ paid the full price for us and we are now His (1 Corinthians 6:19) and best of all, we are free (John 8:36).
Bear would be very unhappy if his new owners took him back to the pound. I don’t think that’s going to happen because dog and new owners alike seem equally smitten with each other. I know for certain that God, having adopted us, will never abandon us or dump us off at sin’s doorstep.
Bought from sin and set free.
But Bear is attached to a leash. And the leash is tied to the pavilion post. His new freedom doesn’t mean he is encouraged to wander alleys alone or play in the street.
As I said, Bear is just a mutt. But he’s a very happy mutt. Sometimes I wonder if Bear has figured out something some of us Christians haven’t.
Some Christians yank, pull, and whine against this freedom. Saved but not content, like Bear, to voluntarily serve their new master. They are free but seem unwilling to rejoice in their newfound Savior.
This mutt intuitively knows he can trust his master. Do you?
Devotional by Pastor Neal Dearyan