A wealthy old lady decided to go on a photo safari in Africa, taking her faithful old poodle named Cuddles along for company. One day Cuddles started chasing butterflies, and before long, she discovered she was lost. Wandering about, she noticed a leopard running in her direction with the intention of having lunch. The old poodle thinks, "Oh, oh! I'm in deep trouble now!" Noticing some bones on the ground close by, she immediately settles down to chew on the bones with her back to the approaching cat. Just as the leopard is about to leap, the old poodle exclaimed loudly, "Boy, that was one delicious leopard! I wonder if there are any more around here?" Hearing this, the young leopard halts hisattack in mid-strike. A look of terror comes over him and he slinks away into the trees. "Whew!" says the leopard. "That was close! That old poodle nearly had me!" Meanwhile, a monkey watching the whole scene from a nearby tree figured he could put this knowledge to good use and trade it for protection from the leopard. The old poodle saw him heading after the leopard with great speed and figures that something must be up. The monkey caught up with the leopard, spilled the beans, and made a deal with the leopard. The furious leopard said, "Here, monkey, hop on my back and see what's going to happen to that conniving canine!" When Cuddles saw the leopard coming with the monkey on his back, he thought, "What am I going to do now?" instead of running, she sat down with her back to her attackers, pretending she hadn't seen them yet. Just when they get close enough to hear, the old poodle said: "Where's that monkey? I can’t trust him. I sent him off an hour ago to bring me another leopard, and he's still not back!"
“For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, 6 who gave Himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time,” I Timothy 2:5-6.
Life throws a lot of things at us every day, so we’re always looking for something or someone to save us, heal us or help us. We turn to money, politicians, the government, hard work, good behavior, religion; or we’re looking for an escape or distraction like alcohol, drugs, food, or even some good things. But if we’re trusting in anyone other than Jesus Christ, we’re like that leopard trusting the monkey on his back that’s more interested in helping himself than saving you. Some of us try to save ourselves like the monkey, using our brains, our looks, or our good works. Truth is, there is only One that can save you, heal you, and help you, Jesus Christ. He has saved us and called us to make disciples of our community and world. Knock the monkey off your back and let’s move forward.