Muddy Puppies and Jesus’ Love

But God demonstrated his love for us;
While we were still sinners
Christ died for us.
Romans 5:8
 
I walked outside a few minutes ago and what a sight I saw. Our two female, twelve-week-old Great Pyrenees puppies were covered in mud!

Her name is Snowball. She is not white today!

Sugar after she was tackled by Snowball.

 
They love me and wanted to be hugged and petted. They were not happy that I didn’t want to touch them. They didn’t understand why I didn’t want to shower them with love like I usually do. They were being puppies and had found a mud puddle. They had fun and wanted to share it with me. I was wearing shorts and flip flops. I didn’t want my legs covered with mud. I had to take pictures because they were being so adorable.
 
As I was snapping picture after picture, the above verse came into my mind. He spoke gently to me. He said that we were still sinners when he died for us. We were covered with the filth of sin like the puppies were covered in mud. I didn’t want to get the puppies’ mud on my skin. Christ, who was a holy and perfect God, became sin. He did this to rescue us from the power of sin. We weren’t clean and pretty. We were not pure white like clean Great Pyrenes puppies can be. We were muddy with sin. And he chose to die for us when we were in that condition.
 
He loves you! You don’t have to clean yourself up before you come to him. You come to him and then he makes you pure. I don’t understand the concept; I take it on faith. When I accepted him, I died and he lives with me.
 
I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live,
But Christ lives in me.
The life I now live in the body,
I live by faith in the Son of God,
Who loved me and gave himself for me
Galatians 2:20
 
I understand that we are people and not dogs. But think of the puppy as an analogy for your life. You are a puppy that gets dirty and muddied by sin. My puppies thought I wanted to love on them while they were a mess; I didn’t. I didn’t want to touch them until they were clean. We think that is how God feels about us. We are wrong. No matter how much mud of sin you have caked on you, He comes to offer you love. And he offers to take the muck of your sin upon himself and give you his life.
 
He loves you!
 

What about you?

 
Do you know him? Does your life look as messy as my muddy puppies? God offers his love and he will make you whiter than snow. Ask Jesus into your life
 
There is nothing fancy about doing that. Some people call it the sinner’s prayer. You can use your own words or mine below.
 
Dear Jesus,
 

I am a muddy, messy puppy. I have sin in my life. You know about all that muddy sin I am stuck in. I am covered with it. I have tried to change my life but it doesn’t work. I am coming to you as my Savior. I want you to clean up this messy puppy and make me white as snow. Your word says that I am crucified with you and I die. And that you live within me. I don’t know what that means but I want it. What I understand is that somehow you see my messy, muddy life and still love me. I want you in my life.

Sugar and Snowball-8 weeks old and white.

If you have made a commitment to Jesus and have turned from a muddy puppy to a snow white puppy, let me know. As always, I would love to hear your comments.

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