The name “Saints and Aints” has a double meaning. The first one has to do with our dog breeding business. We have had plenty of “Aints” in our lifetime of dog ownership. Until recent years, all of our pets have been mixed breeds, mutts, strays, or rescued dogs from the pound. And, honestly, mutts do make some of the best pets! But our long-time dream was to own a Saint Bernard, which we felt was the most noble and loving breed ever.
Our family drove to Pennsylvania to buy our first Saint puppy. The six of us couldn’t decide on the right pup, so we came home with two. It was double the fun!
We still have an “Aint” at our house. Smokey is an 11 year old Scottie mix we rescued from the SPCA. He’s sweet and spunky and thinks that he’s the boss.
We love our Saints and Aints!
The second reason for the name Saints and Aints is very important to us. All of us–people, that is–fit into the category “Saints” or “Aints.” Do you think you are good enough to be a Saint? Of course not! Not one of us is good enough on our own merit. All of us are born sinners and separated from God by our sins. The Bible tells us in Romans 3:23 that “all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” Because God is holy and just and cannot let sin into His perfect heaven, we are all in terrible trouble.
“For the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23) tells us that our sin will send us to permanent separation from God in hell. “And there shall in no wise enter into it [heaven] any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life” (Revelation 21:27).
How can you get your name written in the Lamb’s book of life? Can you work really hard and be a really good person? Ephesians 2:8-9 says, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” No amount of good works can cover or erase sin. The only way to be forgiven is to admit your sin to God, repent of your wrong-doing, ask for His mercy and forgiveness, and trust Jesus Christ as the only way of salvation.
The most revered verse in the Bible, John 3:16, tells us, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” If you have never called on the Lord to be saved, then believe the truth of the Bible in Acts 16:31 and “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved. . .”
Who are you–a Saint or an Aint?