We’re melted by their distinctive faces, their jovial dispositions, their fluffy, up-right, wagging tails, and their regal walk. They’re always happy to see you, and they’ll show you their friendliness by licking your face all over.
When our third Siberian Husky was born, we carried photos, we showed a video of him romping with the other puppies, we invited people over to see him, we brought him with us to our friends’ houses, we told everyone about his every move, trick, bark, howl, and eating habits.
We moved to Florida, and after awhile, our dear Siberian died. There was a time of mourning, we had our memories, and our new friends were sympathetic, but they didn’t know how close we were to our dog. We got distracted by our move and hadn’t shared with them all the stories, photos, or videos of his birth and his growing-up years, as we had back in NJ.
In our walk with the Lord, do we still think constantly of Him, love Him, talk about Him, share stories about His goodness, share our testimonies of His faithfulness?
Is He still our first love?
Do we invite our friends to know Him as we do?
When we move to a new situation do we bring Him with us?
Do our friends and family know how close we are to our Lord?
Or are we distracted?
When we got our puppy, we weren’t satisfied for friends and family to simply know we had a dog, we wanted them to see, feel, sense, touch, hear everything for themselves, so they would love our dog as much as we did. We felt it wasn’t enough to just know about him, but we wanted everyone to know him personally.
That’s how it is with Jesus. It’s good that you know who He is, but I want you to know Him like I know Him…personally.
When our beloved dog died we replayed every fond memory of his life, and also every heart-wrenching moment of his death.
Jesus lived and died to prepare a place for you in Heaven, because you have no other way to get there yourself.
We as Christians should be able to make you see, and feel, the joy and peace we have because of Jesus.
We should share with you the memories of His life.
You should feel the piercing nails in his hands and the anguish of His death.
We should explain that He did that for you. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.”
Have I introduced you to my first love…Jesus?