Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Tell-Tale Signs

I received this story in an e-mail the other day. While it was cute, it also made me think about how our actions reveal our loyalties:

A Christian Puppy

A Baptist couple decide that they want to get a dog. As they are walking down the street in town, they notice that a sign in the pet shop is advertising "Christian Puppies." Their interest piqued, they go inside.

"How do you know they're Christian puppies?"

"Watch," says the owner, as he takes one of the dogs and says, "Fetch the Bible." The dog runs over to the desk, and grabs the Bible in its mouth and returns. Putting the Bible on the floor, the owner says, "Find Psalm 23." The dog flips pages with its paw until he reaches the right page, and then stops. Amazed and delighted, the couple purchase the dog and head home.

That evening, they invite some friends over and show them the dog, having him run through his Psalm 23 routine. Impressed, one of the visitors asks "Does he also know 'regular' commands?"

"Gee, we don't know. We didn't ask," replies the husband.

Turning to the dog, he says, "Sit." The dog sits. He says, "Lie down." The dog lies down. He says "Roll over." The dog rolls over.

He says "Heel." The dog runs over to him, jumps up on the sofa, puts both paws on the owner's forehead and bows his head.

"Oh look!" the wife exclaims. "He's PENTECOSTAL!"

Do you need a sign on your back saying Christian in order for folks to recognize you as one? Does your daily routine reveal your relationship with God? What about your response to an immediate crisis? When someone asks, "what religion are you?" do you rattle off your denomination or church name?

Actions do speak louder than words. Do your actions say, "I belong to Jesus"? They should. --PT2006. Visit me at Timeless Text Messages.


Anonymous said...

You hit that on the nose. We are always being watched.

Gretchen said...

That's a cute one:-)
Gretchen Lavender

Praying for your Prodigal said...

What a cute visual.....filled with profound (yes, even scary) wisdom!


Kathleen Marie said...

That is a cute story and does give one something to ponder. Thanks!

Heather Smith said...

Amen to that! I pray that people know what I am by the way I act!

Sista Cala said...

P.S. If an animal can be instantly obedient to a person, why can't people be instantly obedient to God?