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During a grueling, five-hour-long professional tennis match, the commentator remarked on both competitors’ determination: “It’s one thing to be involved in a tennis match, but quite another to be totally committed to it. It’s like ham and eggs…the chicken is involved, but the pig is committed.”
The quote has stuck with me because it is so very true. Working for a church, it is easy for me to be involved in my faith. I am constantly reading Bible passages, reviewing commentary, going to Bible study, and attending church. I am most definitely involved in my faith.
But am I committed?
See, in this wonderful little illustration, the chicken is able to participate in the making of the breakfast without having to give up a whole lot. It’s dropped an egg, but from what I understand from my agriculturally-inclined sister, chickens do that with reckless abandon: without much thought and truly out of necessity. The chicken’s involvement is passive. But what about the pig?
The pig literally gives his life. The whole thing. He is committed and there is no turning back. Things for the pig will never be the same. In Luke’s Gospel, we read about the woman with the alabaster jar of perfume (Luke 7:37-39). Knowing that Jesus is the only thing in her life of real value, she pours out the entire jar of this expensive perfume on his feet as she pours her entire life out at the foot of the cross. She gives every bit of herself over to the one who will give his life for her. She is committed. But unlike the poor pig, her commitment leads to abundant life in Christ on earth and everlasting life in the world to come.
So, my current prayer is for God to show me those areas where I am still—well—a chicken, and to give me the courage and faith to be committed to Him, holding nothing back, giving every part of my life over to Him every day.
If you aren’t sure where you are on the chicken/pig scale, I encourage you to make a commitment to growing in your faith this fall through one of the many classes being offered here at Christ Church.
Leslie HousmanWomen's Ministry
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