Sharables Lesson 2 – Hog Haven
Dr. Randy T. Johnson | Growth Pastor
I am not sure the story is true, but it goes something like this: There were these three gravitationally challenged (little) Sus Scrofa Domesticus (pigs) who decided to each build a dwelling. I do not think the fact that they were little plays a part in the story, nor do I believe it is a story about birth order. However, the first “pig” (not intended to be a derogatory term) built his house out of straw and went off to play. Personally, I have not seen pigs play, but that is beside the point. The second “pig” builds his structure out of sticks. I become a little concerned here because although I have beautiful vinyl siding, it is covering a stick built Cape Cod. He too takes to gaming. The third diligent over-achiever painstakingly presses on with bricks. Brick homes are beautiful but can be costly. I can imagine that straw or hay and sticks could be found for free. Where does the third pig get the money for the bricks? Does he make his own? Side note: please do not confuse this pig with the “one that went to the market.”
The time comes when the wolf shows up for a house call (it is interesting how often even fairy tales associate a wolf as a dangerous enemy to be avoided). He and his appetite are not welcomed with pigs. The first pig tries to send him away, but he refuses (somehow the straw house had a door that locks). After verbal threats, he huffs and puffs (I think you know this part) and blows the house down. Piggy number one runs to the stick house and is welcomed in with the door shut and locked behind. Since we have accepted the fact that pigs and wolves can talk, we can press on with the story. The same scenario happens with them running to the brick shelter. House number three wins so bacon, sausage, and ham live happily ever after or something like that.
The story is cute, but what about our lives? We set Jesus as the foundation, but what are we building on it each day?
When Jesus was challenged by the “biggest baddest wolf of all time,” He responded with Scripture. Jesus limited Himself to the point He needed to study the Word. He then was able to use it to refute the enemy.
Hebrews 4:12 says, “For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”
Jesus Christ is the foundation. Spending time with Him in reading the Word, meditation, prayer, and gathering with other believers helps strengthen our stand against the storms of life.
“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it” (Matthew 7:24-27).