It’s a Dog’s Life

What can Dog’s teach us about God? Man, if you have ever had one as a pet then you know how loyal they are. My dog Sadie follows me everywhere. She loves to go for rides, to curl up next to me on a rainy day. She loves everything about me. God is the same way he loves everything about me. He wants to ride with me in the car, and snuggle when the rain comes down.

So why is it then that this loyal God who, like my dog, longs to be next to me gets pushed into the backseat or shoved off the couch?

It all boils down to a lack of intimacy… not on God’s part because he is much more intimate then any of us will ever be, but on our part. See… God longs for relationship with you and I. He longs to be intimate with us but until we truly understand what intimacy with God is we will continue to ride alone in the front seat and continue to push God off the couch.

Jesus put intimacy into prospective when he said to love God & love people. He didn’t just leave it there either. He lived it. There has not been another person in history as passionate about God the Father then Jesus. This dude prayed to God every day, he followed the scriptures to perfection. He loved people to… think about it. Jesus got on his hands & knees and washed the feet of his disciples. The Son of God washed the feet of sinful man!!! How more intimate can you get? You want to learn to be intimate take a stab at humility and wash the feet of those you love, better yet wash the feet of those you despise or would not come into contact with on a regular basis.

So intimacy is really two fold. We need to follow Christ’s example of spending time with God daily & I think this varies slightly for each individual but includes two basics that Jesus modeled with His life; that we all should pray in a solitary place (alone) & read God’s word by which we are loving God. The second part of growing more intimate with God is loving people. By doing this we are showing our love for God. We are following His example. So I think that when we take these simple steps we will find God riding in the front seat & curling up next to us in the pending gloom of a rainy day. God is loyal & full of endless love.

The command we have from Christ is blunt; Loving God includes loving people. You’ve got to love both.
-1 John 4:21 (Msg)


~ by Dan Browne on March 4, 2006.

One Response to “It’s a Dog’s Life”

  1. Right on man! Our church’s purpose statement is “We Strive to Love God and Love Other To God” Simple yet profound. That is what it all boils down to. Great thoughts!

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