The illustration of the The Dog You Feed provides us a great example of conscience and the common sense of the Bible. Many of us are feeding the “bad dog” everyday be it lying, stealing, overindulging, hating, and so on. And then we wonder why bad things happen and why do we not have closer relationship with God. Though we all fall short and we all are tempted, we can feed the “good dog”. By accepting Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, he has given us the will and the power to feed our spirit instead of our flesh. Jesus offers us victory and the “Bread of Life”. All we have to do is feast on it. Enjoy the sermon illustration of “The Dog You Feed” below.
Outward things have changed in 2000 years– a lot. But inward things…I don’t think they have changed…at all. Like Paul we sometimes don’t understand our own actions (Romans 7). Like Abraham, we get impatient and want to help God out with the divine plan for our lives. With David we struggle with temptation (2nd Samuel 11:1). And even the Lord Jesus understands what it is like to wonder if God has forsaken us (What Jesus Said On the Cross).
But the good news is… in this clash of powerful forces in our lives… the struggle of the right and the wrong… the presence of Christ assures us of the outcome.
How does it go? I don’t know what the future holds, but Praise God I know who holds the future. As we build our relationship with the One who loves us best, we build his strength into our own inner lives.
An old American Indian tale recounts the story of a chief who was telling a gathering of young braves about the struggle within. “It is like two dogs fighting inside of us,” the chief told them. “There is one good dog who wants to do the right and the other dog always wants to do the wrong. Sometimes the good dog seems stronger and is winning the fight. But sometimes the bad dog is stronger and wrong is winning the fight.”
“Who is going to win in the end?” a young brave asks.
The chief answered “The one you feed.”
Can we relate to the clash of titans or the “Chiefs” dogs? “The one you feed” … you know being a Christian isn’t a “One Time All You Can Eat Buffet” it is feeding and nourishing ourselves for a lifetime! The “Bread of Life”, the “Water of Life” and our “DAILY” Bread. If you have never tasted God’s menu…the table is open, and if you have but it’s been a long time between meals…Jesus is reminding you now that you’re an honored guest at His table. Don’t sit in the back, come on down. God Bless.
From a Sermon by Richard Reed: (The Dog You Feed)