Yesterday was an interesting day. Not being content with one Romanian rescue dog we’ve offered to foster another. We may even adopt him if he gels with our current dog. He’s going to be a scared little dog for a while until he gets used to us, so we’ll be giving him space for now. What’s the matter with us you might be thinking? It’s a question I keep asking myself. Isn’t one dog enough? Why on earth would we want two?
Our current dog, Max, has taught us a lot about the love of God. When we took Max into our home we didn’t need a dog. We weren’t thinking about what he could do for us. Our entire focus was on what we could do for him, which was, after a very difficult start to life, to love him. We wanted to give him unconditional love, because we can. If he loved us back that would be a bonus. As it is, the more we love him the more he responds with love to us.
God is our creator. He didn’t need us but he made us and his desire is to love us, which he does perfectly. He says in the Bible, “I have loved you with an everlasting love.” (1) It’s completely unchanging. A Christian writer, Philip Yancey, once wrote, “There is nothing we can do to make God love us more and there is nothing we can do to make him love us less.” His love is constant, and those who know Jesus as their Saviour are benefitting from his love right now, and they will do for all eternity.
Our new dog is different, distinctive. He has what’s called an underbite, which means that his bottom jaw protrudes and his teeth stick out. When people went through the process of choosing dogs they wanted to re-home, no one chose him. It’s sad isn’t it? He wasn’t perfect so he was rejected. He was going to be left behind while other dogs were taken away to start a new, and happy life.
None of us are perfect. Some work hard to achieve the perfect body through exercise or surgery. Some exercise their minds to an amazing degree, as you’ll know if you’ve ever watched Eggheads on TV, but there will be something wrong with everyone. It may be physical, it may be mental, whatever it is you must agree, we’re not perfect. Does that mean we are rejected by God?
Nothing of the sort. God doesn’t expect us to be perfect. He is the only perfect being. In fact, if we were perfect we would be God, and that’s certainly not the case. God knows we all have something wrong with us, but it doesn’t stop him reaching out to us in love. He looks at our imperfections and still wants us, no one needs to be rejected. No one needs to be left behind while everyone else is given new hope and a welcome into God’s loving arms.
The thing is, at the end of the day God will not force himself onto anyone. He waits patiently for us to make a choice. He shows us the options, a life where you’re eternally loved as you come to faith in Christ, or a life where you choose to reject God and put yourself outside his love. He’s done his bit in sending his Son, Jesus, to earth to die on a cross while being punished for our sins. That death has dealt with sin once for all, and if we believe it and take Jesus to be our Saviour, we receive God’s forgiveness and we are brought into a relationship with God. If we choose not to believe then we remain responsible for our sins, we are not forgiven and we stay separated from God for ever.
However imperfect you may be there is a God waiting to love you. Don’t hold back. Take Jesus as your Saviour, commit yourself to living for him and experience God’s love for ever.
- Jeremiah 31:3