Is he a good dog or a bad dog? Is that the right question?
In his book, The Normal Christian Life, Watchman Nee shared an experience he had while visiting a man he named as Mr. Wong (which was not his real name). After learning Mr. Wong’s dog’s name was Fido, Mr. Nee asked if he could call the dog Fido Wong. Mr. Wong emphatically replied no. Mr. Nee teased him, asking, “Are your daughters not called Miss Wong?” Mr. Wong laughed, and then Mr. Nee said: “Do you not see what I am getting at? Your daughters were born into your family and they bear your name because you have communicated your life to them. Your dog may be an intelligent dog, a well behaved dog, and altogether a most remarkable dog; but the question is not, is he a good dog or a bad dog – It is merely, is he a dog? He does not need to be bad to be disqualified from being a member of your family; he only needs to be a dog.” Mr. Nee then used this illustration regarding Fido to explain the New Testament doctrine of regeneration and mankind’s need for a rebirth.
Humans wonder if there is a heaven. If there is a heaven, they wonder, am I good enough to go there. Asking the right question matters. The question is not whether we are good enough but whether we have God’s life within us.
I John 5: 11-13 “And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.”
John 1:12 “Yet to all who received Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God – children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.”
The question is: Have you been born of God?