A friend of ours brought a dog home. Ever since then everything changes.
We used to meet for Bible Study at his home in an air-conditioned room. But now it houses the adorable Siberian husky. Its coat is thicker than that of most other dog breeds. It’s why the dog stays in that air-conditioned room.
Giving up one room in the house is not the only change. The family has to remove wall paintings and furniture to avoid being chewed up by the dog.
Many parts of the house, especially the carpets have to be deodorized because this male dog takes his territorial marking seriously.
Smell may not be the only issue. Shedding hairs is a biggie. The vacuum cleaner could never remove the dog hairs entirely. They stick to your clothes. And whenever he brings the dog into his car, there will always be hairy evidences inside the car.
Not only living spaces have changed, his daily routine is affected as well. Now whenever he’s back from work, he picks up the dog leash to take his dog for his walk. He does that no matter how tired he may be. On those days one wonders if the dog is still man’s best friend.
The upside of it all is the dog has kept him very active. He has to make regular trips to the vet for vaccination, to the dog groomer and the pet mart for food and shampoo. All that chalks up quite a bit in his budget.
Everything changes when the dog came. Living space, daily routine and expenses included.
Today if you were to ask this friend of ours, he will not hesitate to tell you it’s all worth it. Nothing could replace the joy of having a dog you love.
Just so, everything changes when God (the reverse spelling of dog) came into your life.
Your routine changes. Sunday is no longer the same. No more sleeping in. You get up early for the weekly trip to church.
You smell different. There seems to be “the fragrance of Christ.”
“Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place. For we are to God the fragrance of Christ …” (II Corinthians 2:14-15).
Your values, beliefs and behaviour have changed. They are now different. They seem to be out of place with the world like dog hairs in the house.
So Jesus says, ”If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you” (John 15:19}.
Before you were tight-fisted. Now you won’t mind giving generously to the God who came into your life. You know deep within you’ve found the pearl of great price.
“The kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it” (Matthew 13:45-46).
If someone were to ask, you too would say as I did that nothing could ever replace the joy when God came into my life.