Now I know it’s difficult to be compared to a dog, but maybe it’s a bit easier to take seriously if I compare us — Christians, that is — to puppies. Puppies, experts say, are desperate to please. They do virtually anything for attention. Over time, their motivation becomes not only a desire for attention and to please, but a deep longing for the love of their owners. With a collar and a leash, some puppies get dragged along behind the master while others pull ahead. Still others — for some reason that is foreign to me — don’t even need a leash. They heel, miraculously. But all puppies need collars. Collars identify the puppy as belonging to a someone.
I’m a pull ahead, drag behind puppy. But, I proudly/humbly wear my collar. God’s Name is written quite clearly along its leather sheath. Nowadays, the leash rarely pulls me up short.
God says to me and to you, “I put My laws in [your] mind and write them on [your] heart. I Am your God, and you are [Mine].”