Monthly Devotional

Indie’s Escape & Rescue by WDL

“Prone to wander Lord I feel it, prone to leave the God I love…” [Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing]

Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. 1 John 2:15 NLT

Let him know that whoever brings back a sinner from his wandering will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins. James 5:20 ESV

Indie is well cared for by the entire family and dearly loved. The children love her and play with her, she really lacks for nothing, is healthy and well fed – what a life she enjoys! She has a very comfortable home, a nice big backyard, no work to do and not a care in the world. But Indie loves to run away, she thinks it’s a lot of fun to go exploring and visit other yards in the neighborhood and to see more of the big world and less of her fine backyard. Although she is well cared for and loved, she is prone to wander [prone: having a natural inclination or tendency to something]. Why does Indie do this? It’s because she is a dog and it is her natural inclination to act like a dog – she can’t help herself; that’s why there’s a fence to try to keep her in the yard and safe, but she loves to find a way under the fence and escape. Indie is not aware of all the harm and trouble she can get in when she leaves the confines of her yard and the safety and love of the family who care so much for her.

While helping my neighbors perform an “Indie rescue” the other morning, it occurred to me how much we can identify with this sweet little dog – think about all the blessings we have in Christ Jesus and how HE has given to us everything we need for life and godliness [2 Pt. 1:3] ] and yet, we don’t always repay HIS love for us with love and obedience. Too quickly we show love for the world and not a faithful love for Christ; we can’t love both – it’s either Christ or the world! We are sinners saved by grace and have been given a new nature, we are no longer slaves to sin, we can live a life of holiness; although we are not sinless, we can certainly sin less!

How do we display the love we have for God? Do we obey Him? Do we long for His will to be done in our lives and in the world? Do we study His Word so we can learn more about Him and learn to love and trust Him more…are we thankful that he has sealed us with the Holy Spirit? If Love = Obedience, then why are we prone to wander and display the characteristics of love for the world and lack of love for our neighbors who don’t know the Lord and the precious salvation He offers them? Do our neighbors see more of “the world” in our lives than they see changed lives, lives that are submitted to loving and obeying the Lord Jesus Christ?

In bringing Indie back home, while she was sitting on my lap in my car, she began to give me many “puppy kisses and licks” on my cheek. There is joy and reward in rescuing those who have wandered away…even great joy in introducing a sinner to the only One who can forgive all sin – Jesus Christ. May we realize that we are to keep our love for Christ the main thing in our lives and obey Him…and to help those in the family of God who have wandered to come back [repent], and to introduce those who are without Christ to the love of the Savior; the reward for these actions are greater than puppy kisses!

My neighbors have temporarily patched up a portion of the fence that Indie has used as her escape into the world; a more permanent fix will be coming soon. For us, Believer’s in Christ, there is also a “permanent fix” coming when we will be called home to be with the Lord and will no longer face daily challenges to sin, our struggle against the world, the flesh and the devil will be over. I’m looking forward to that day, Maranatha!

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