The Stinky Doggy

January 11, 2006
by Lili Gonzalez-Zarle

John 1:29 – John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, "Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!" (NIV)

As I was standing outside on my back porch on a beautiful October afternoon, I was meditating on the Scriptures, thinking how God is so awesome when we rely on Him and not on ourselves. Our dog Joey (who looks just like Lassie) came to me because he wanted to play. I had just bent over to pet him and to tell him that he is a good watchdog for our house and that I love him, when I sensed a bad odour from the doggy. I said to him, "You need a bathy bathy, because you stink. When you are clean, you are absolutely beautiful!"

Then this thought came to me: it is the same way with ourselves, the people of God. We stink because we have fallen into sin, so we need a bathy bathy like our dog — so that we will be a pleasing aroma to the Lord.

What do we do to take away our sin? Nothing. Joey can't give himself a bath. He needs someone to do it for him. If we humble ourselves, remove our pride, and ask the Lord Jesus Christ to cleanse us, He will bathe us in His precious blood that He shed on the cross of Calvary and cleanse us from our sins.

Prayer: Dear heavenly Father, thank You so much for sending the Lamb Who takes away the sin of the world to wash us and cleanse us from our sins. In Your precious name, we pray. Amen.

About the author:

Lili Gonzalez-Zarle
Akron, Ohio, USA

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