Written by Pastor Peggy Toussaint
Psalms 16:11. “You show me the path of life. In Your presence there is fullness of joy.”
“There was an old sow with three little pigs, and as she had not enough to
keep them . . ….”
Here is a mother who has fallen on hard times. A lot of people can relate to this today. Her whole life is crashing around her. Perhaps, she had it worse than any of us can imagine, she was going to have to give up her children because she did not have enough money to keep them.
“She sent them out to seek their fortune. The first that went off met a man with a bundle of straw, and said to him: ‘Please, man, give me that straw to build me a house.’ Which the man did, and the little pig built a house with it. Presently came along a wolf . . .”
There is an ancient saying: “The wolf is at the door.” This means that some type of a bad situation has come to your household.
“ and the wolf knocked at the door, and said: ‘Little pig, little pig, let me come in.’
“To which the pig answered: ‘No, not by the hair of my chinny chin chin.’
“The wolf then answered to that: ‘Then I’ll huff, and I’ll puff, and I’ll blow your house in.’ So he huffed, and he puffed, and he blew his house in, and ate up the little pig.
“The second little pig met a man with a bundle of sticks and said: ‘Please, man, give me the sticks to build a house.’ Which the man did, and the pig built his house. Then along came the wolf, and said: ‘Little pig, little pig, let me come in.The little pig said, ‘No, not by the hair of my chinny chin chin.’
“Then the wolf said, ‘Then I’ll puff, and I’ll huff, and I’ll blow your house in.’ So he huffed, and he puffed, and he puffed, and he huffed, and at last he blew the house down, and he ate up the little pig.
“The third little pig met a man with a load of bricks, [pondered a bit before he made his choice] and said, ‘Please, man, give me those bricks to build a house with . . .’”
What kind of choices are we going to make to build our lives? We are given the power by God to build a house out of straw, sticks, or bricks.
It’s our choice how easy, or difficult we make our lives. We can use the same God-given power to make our lives seem easy, but sometimes it takes us a little longer to build our houses, as the Bible says, on a firm foundation that will stand throughout time.
“The Three Little Pigs” is a story – not about building a house – but abou t making soul choices. We need to realize that we can have bricks – we don’t have to settle for straw or sticks – but IT IS OUR CHOICE.
We can get instant gratification in life and take the first thing that comes along, or we can take a little longer period of time and make the right choices that in the end will make our life a lot easier.
“So the man gave him the bricks, and he built his house with them. So the wolf came, as he did to the other pigs, and said: ‘Little pig, little pig, let me come in.’
“The pig says, ‘No, not by the hair on my chinny chin chin.’
“The wolf said, ‘Then I’ll huff, and I’ll puff, and I’ll blow your house in.’
“Well, he huffed, and he puffed, but he could not get the house down. When he found that he could not, with all his huffing and puffing, blow the house down, he thought he would outsmart the pig and said: ‘Little pig, I know where there is a nice field of turnips.’
“‘Where?’ said the little pig.
“‘Oh, in Mr. Smith’s farm, and if you will be ready tomorrow morning I will call for you, and we will go together, and get some for dinner.’”
“‘Very well,’ said the little pig. ‘I will be ready. What time do you mean to go?” “Oh, at six o’clock,’ replied the wolf.
“Well, the little pig got up at five, and got the turnips before the wolf came (which he did about six) who said: ‘Little pig, are you ready?’
“The little pig said, ‘Ready! I have been and come back again, and got a nice potful for dinner.’ The little pig continued to outsmart the wolf, to the undoing of the wolf.”
This could be a story of the economy today.
But, this story is about you. It is about how using your God-given power you can outsmart the wolf that comes to your door. Many stories are written about the wolf at the door (like “Little Red Riding Hood.”) The purpose of these stories is to give you the idea that when the wolf comes to your door, in whatever form it may, it is NOT the end. It’s another new beginning for you; it’s a chance for you to have a second chance by having the Holy Spirit guide through you. By going to God, and having God inside of you clearly giving you the direction in which to go, you will be able to get out of the maze in which you might find yourself. You have the choice. You have the choice to build your life aright, in the precise way in which a life will succeed.
“The Three Little Pigs” is a story from 1620. It was translated from German to English at that date, and it was hundreds of years old then. It is a story about people and life then, but it is also a story about people and life today.
Jesus says in Matthew 7:24-25: “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock. The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on rock.”
What does it mean to build your house on the rock? It means to have a firm foundation for your life. It means to build your life every day in a spiritual way, block by block, thought by thought.
Whenever the wolf comes to your door, or someone says something to you that makes you so angry, turn within in prayer and go to God. That is what builds your house and builds your life on the right foundation. It spiritually empowers you in the moment, giving you the power to live your life as you wish to live it.
[Continuing with Matthew 7:26-27]: “And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not act on them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell – and great was its fall!”
The way you build your house says everything about you.
False prophets who come to you in sheep’s clothing may be the man on TV who says, “Buy this item, and you will be happy. Just sign on the dotted line, and your life will be better.” And you think, “If I had that, I would really be happy.” That is not the case. You never have to pay God for God’s gifts. God is always free, and always available to you. If you are the underdog, you have tried and tried to succeed, but you have not. You may feel that you cannot turn things around yourself. You may feel like there is nothing you can do to make your life better. That is the time to go to God, and receive the spiritual gift of nourishment and achievement.
Let me tell you a story about an underdog. It is about a fellow who felt he never got any breaks.
This is a story about an underdog with a nose unlike normal noses of his breed. Secondly, socially he is a misfit. Thirdly, he has a psychological problem. But then came the foggy night. When the foggy night came, a break came for Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer whose shiny nose was the way-shower and light-bearer for Santa’s legendary team. He had the honor of guiding Santa’s sleigh through the uncharted skyways of a murky Christmas Eve.
Many a touching fable has been told about animals and the unexpected acclaim that came to them.
There are legends about a burro that was rejected for being too docile for any good. He was pawned off on a man named Joseph and eventually bore upon his somber back the mother of Jesus on her way to Bethlehem.
Look at Ephesians 2:19-22: “So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone. In him the whole structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord; in whom you also are built together spiritually into a dwelling place for God.”
When you turn to God a new construction occurs within you – not just your foundation, but also every cell of your body temple and every thought of your mind. The Creator re-creates. Regeneration under the Divine blueprint follows. But much more is under-construction than your physical body temple. Your entire life is being restructured and rebuilt totally and completely.
The mistake we make as humans is we say, “It’s too late for me. It’s NOT too late for the young people, but it is for me. I have tried so many times, and have failed.” This is exactly the second chance you need this day – the second chance is a choice you make. God is a God of second chances, and always offers additional chances to you to succeed, and become better than yesterday.
II Timothy 2:19-26: “God’s firm foundation stands, bearing this inscription: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and, “Let everyone who calls on the name of the Lord turn away from wickedness.”
“In a large house there are utensils not only of gold and silver but also of wood and clay, some for special use, some for ordinary. All who cleanse themselves of the things I have mentioned will become special utensils…”
I’m going to stop there for a moment. Think about this – You are the utensils. As you look at life, you know some of the people around you are the utensils of gold and silver. You say, “What a life they lead! If only I could lead a life like that, I would be complete!” But this scripture is saying that all people who turn to God spiritually, and pray to God to rebuild their lives, become special utensils in the household of God.
. . . “dedicated and useful to the owner of the house, ready for every good work.”
Who is the owner of the house? God. Now it says what you must do: “Shun youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace.”
This scripture is saying that when you have the urge to do something that you know is not right – you have the urge to build the house out of straw because it is right here, but you know it will not last, and you know it’s not right for you – don’t do it. Wait, instead, and build upon the firm foundation of God.
“. . . along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart. Have nothing to do with stupid and senseless controversies; you know that they breed quarrels. And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kindly to everyone, an apt teacher, patient, correcting opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant that they will repent and come to know the truth…”
What an opportunity we have in life to experience choice! Turn to God and know that the best is yet to be. We have that choice as a human being.
Everyone is an underdog in some area or areas, but we don’t have to stay that way.
We want our awareness of God to be new every time we pray. We want God to be fresh and alive; God is – if I allow God to be. But we have a responsibility when we are co-creating with God to make the right choices in our life journey – let’s each make those right choices, and we will have great success as we live with and through the Holy Spirit.
Let us pray:
Dear God, I realize that there is a power so close to me right now. I turn to that power. I turn away from the wide spectrum in front of my eyes, and I turn within in prayer to Your Divine power and authority. I am empowered again, and new life is given to me.
I thank You for the ability to turn to You anew this day and have Your wonder work its spiritual power in me.
In Jesus Christ’s name we pray . . . Amen
Romans 8:11 (NIV) And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you.
He is risen! He is risen indeed!
May every blessing of Easter be yours!
Easter Music from the Gaithers: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=spa7WkwjwGw&list=PL07mmHpCGExZO9eJ9yDXkx4UR3yS14a0l