By Brad Campbell –
Just a thought to help start your week.
Even if you’ve never been around any pigs long enough to pay attention to their behavior and habits, you probably have seen pictures, like mine here, of pigs playing in the mud. It seems that when we think of pigs, we think of mud and messes. At some point, most of our mothers even accused us of keeping our rooms in a mess like a pig sty.
Pigs wallow in the dirt and muddy mire. They seem to enjoy getting nasty, and they enjoy it very much. As a matter of fact, these pigs are playing in the one lone mud hole in a several acre pasture. They sought it out and spent quite a while in it. But why? Pigs wallow in the mud, not necessarily because they love the look, but because it makes them feel good, and they don’t care what anyone else thinks.
Too many times, we wallow in our sin. We seek out opportunities to play in the mud and mire of the world. And why? For the same reasons as the pigs. It feels good, and we don’t care what anyone else thinks. But sin makes us dirty, it makes us stink, and it very often makes us unpresentable — all because we simply want to feel good!
Pigs are great animals. They’re smart. They can even make good pets. So, don’t look down on them because they wallow in the mud. Don’t judge them, or any one else around you, simply based on where and how they wallow. Remember the dirt in your own life.
The grace we can all receive from God Almighty will clean us up from our muddy filth, though! God knows I can’t get cleaned up on my own. But praise His Name, He loved me anyway, called me to Himself, and cleaned me up.
Pigs will always be pigs. Humans will always be sinners. But as Christians, we answer to the One Who loves us anyway, and will forgive us of our sin every single time we choose to go wallowing in it. Let me encourage you to bring your nastiness to Jesus today! Wallowing in the sin of the world may look like fun, but all it will do is remind you of what a pig you are without Jesus!
Just a thought.