It is for this cause too, that we must preach the Gospel to those who are still in the mire and muck of sin, for they also can have the same cleansing that we have had. They can be shown as trophies of His redeeming power. So ask yourself today: “Am I a farm pig or a fair pig? How are you representing Christ in the “show ring” of this world?
Any time I go to a county fair, I enjoy watching the kids showing their prize animals. I’ve seen tiny little ones showing animals many times their size. But the one that I chuckle at every time I see it is the pigs.
The reason I find it so comical is because that pig in the show ring is all clean, and shiny, and beautiful. However, I know that the pig didn’t have anything to do with looking that way. If it were up to him, he’d be covered in mud, with his hair matted down, and, well…not so pretty. The difference between a farm pig and a fair pig can be boiled down to one thing: Somebody cleaned him up.
After the fair though, when that pig returns to the farm, you can guarantee that he won’t stay looking so good. His natural instinct is not to groom himself, but to wallow in the muck. If left to his own choices, he would never look the same as he did in the show ring.
We are the same way though. As 1 Peter 4 puts it, in the past, we were in the ‘muck’ of “lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revelings banquetings, and abominable idolatries.” In other words, we were filthy pigs.
It’s easy though when we read about the Dathan and Abiram, the Moabites, and other “bad people” in the Bible and think about how much better we are than they, but we forget that we were just like them. The psalmist even used the imagery of sinking in the mire to describe his own condition. We would be wise to remember that we, left to our own choices, constantly would go back to sin. The only difference, like a fair pig, is that someone else came in and cleaned us up. It has nothing to do with us. It’s because of the One who desires to show us as trophies of His grace.