Our house sits pretty much by itself in the beautiful bucolic farm fields of Lancaster Pa. We sit back off of a small country road. We don’t get lots of traffic so it is very quiet. However, we do get “walkers”. People love to walk their dogs on our road. This thrills me most of the time because I am a dog lover. But why, oh why with all the fields surrounding us along this byway do dogs love to poop in our yard? You may be asking by now what on earth this has to do with Sunday and God so let me connect the dots…
But first, let me continue my story…
I want to say, “listen dog owner, pull your puppy to the other side of the road so they can do their business in a field. Have a little common sense and courtesy!”
A few weeks ago I listened to one of our pastors at church give a WONDERFUL sermon about “It’s Not About You, It’s About The Other Guy” and he used the illustration of a dog “going” in his yard. Boy, did that strike a cord with me! I was agreeing with him in my head, “you too?… I know!!!!!”.
Then he said we should be thrilled that someone dinks our car or we sit next to the chattiest person on the plane when all we want to do is nap or those pesky bible thumping people show up at our doors or our neighbor’s dog poops in our yard. WAIT, WHAT?
You see, it’s not about you and me! No not even a little. It’s about people showing up in our lives even at the most inconvenient times and seeing each and every incident as an opportunity to share the grace and love and gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ!
Our focus should be on Jesus. And Jesus’ focus is on the lost!
The last words recorded that Jesus spoke on earth as He was ascending into Heaven was…
Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
When I am on my deathbed I won’t talk about the weather or other trivial things. My words will be important and meaningful and helpful. I hope I will leave my family with the wisest of wise words that will bear incredible fruit in their lives. Words that will resonate throughout my posterity!
I think this is just what Jesus did. He commanded his disciples to introduce Him and His kingdom to others. You and I will never know if a person is ready to hear about Jesus! Ready to have his or her life changed! Ready to serve the one true God and have eternal purpose.
So we need to use every opportunity that comes into our path as an opportunity to connect in a belly-to-belly, heart-to-heart way. We need to show others, no matter how brief our contact, the grace and love the Father has shown us. And through the leading of the Holy Spirit, we need to introduce them to the Savior of their souls!
So I have my little doggy litter bags ready and maybe a glass of something cool and a dog treat too! Come on dogs… walk your people by my house. You are welcome!!! Because it’s not about me. It’s about the other guy!
DECLARE HIS GLORY AMONG THE NATION, HIS WONDERS AMONG ALL PEOPLE” Ps 96:3