We recently brought home a new dog to our family. My daughter and I attended a pet expo where we visited dozens of shelters and rescue organizations. There were many beautiful animals but my daughter quickly spied her new love and instantly bonded with her. When my daughter and I arrived home, my wife called out to my son to meet our new dog. As soon as he saw her, he shouted exuberantly, “Congratulations! We are a family!”
We had a dog seven years ago and my son remembers him very well. That Christmas, when we posed for our traditional family photo, we included the dog. For complex reasons, we had to return the dog to the breeder after six months. Since then, our family photos did not include a dog. That photo was always a painful reminder that our family was once one more. My son’s astute comment was more than perceptive.
We welcomed our new dog as an immediate member of our family. Isn’t this how our Heavenly Father welcomes us when we confess and repent of our sins and accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior?
And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him…
Colossians 1:21-22 (ESV)
We offered our love to our new dog which she gladly accepted and immediately became a part of our family. God offered eternal life, salvation and His peace to me if I would confess and repent of my sins and accept Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior. For many years, I refused to believe that a merciful and graceful God could be so loving to me. But the moment I did this, I became a member of the family of God! In God’s family, He loves me unconditionally and always desires to spend time with me.
In Jesus Christ, we are a family!
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.