What my dog teaches me about following Jesus

My family has a new dog. He’s a tiny, ten-week-old Cockapoo named Buddy.

And yup, we are instantly in love!

He’s a social little guy. As soon as he sees me in the morning he runs over with his mini paws to say hello. If I sit at the table for breakfast, he comes and rests on my feet. If I go to the sink to get a glass of water, he saunters over and sits beside me. When I go back to the table to sit back down, he follows me and resumes his position on my feet.

Of course, I’m charmed.

But it teaches us something about discipleship. (You’re right; I see illustrations for biblical principles everywhere!)

Buddy follows his master like we should follow our Master: Consistently, gladly and faithfully.

Where he goes, we go. What he does, we do. As he says in John 13:15: “I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.”

Jesus seeks the lost, helps the poor, speaks the truth, acts in love, and honours God. Therefore we seek the lost, help the poor, speak the truth, act in love, and honour God.

Whenever Buddy trots around the house to find me, one thing is for sure: Whenever he arrives I’m already there. And so it is with Christ.

Buddy follows his master like we should follow our Master: Consistently, gladly and faithfully.

By Matthew Ruttan

–My latest blog is called “Who decided which books would go into the New Testament?” You’ve probably heard the conspiracy theories that politicians voted on which books to include in the Bible to make Jesus look impressive and further their own power-hungry cause, right? Well, this blog gives some clarity to the situation. Click here to read.
–Bible quotes are from the NIV.

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