I have two German Shepherds. One, named Rufio, is almost 10 years old. The other dog, named Archer, is 2 1/2 years old. When we picked Rufio out of the liter he was the alpha and that means he was in charge of all the other puppies. He was the biggest and the strongest personality. Archer, on the other hand, was the smallest of the liter and he just wanted to play and have a good time. The breeders called him the “Instigator.”
Rufio has this part of his personality that he wants to do his own thing. He does not sit with us when we are together. He sits off to the side and does not really need a lot of affection. He likes interaction but on his own terms. Normally he is nice because he wants food. We call him the “narcissist.” We get tricked by his behavior because sometimes he nuzzles up to us and puts his head on our knee and then we forget we have a donut in our hand and that is what he really wants.
Rufio has a difficult time listening to us and obeying us. If we are on a walk and we need him to come? Well, that does not happen on a regular basis or he is passive/aggressive, comes when he feels like it. Because Rufio does not follow the rules, he loses privileges. He always needs to be on a leash. He can’t go with us into stores. He jumps on people and is obnoxious and will not stop. So, Rufio’s world comes very small.
Archer, on the other hand, wants to please us because he loves us. He desires to be with us and he chooses to stay close to us. He gets the privilege of going on walks without a leash because we know he will come when he is called. Archer has a lot of freedom because he chooses to obey his masters. Us.
Isn’t that the way it is with our relationship with Christ? We love Christ so much we want to be in a close relationship with him. We want to walk with him and know him on a deeper level. Because we love him so much we want to obey him. As a follower of Christ, we have so much freedom on this earth because our desires are the same desires as Christ.