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December 11, 2018, 3:00 PM

Theology of the Three Little Pigs


 

I came across the story of ”The Three Little Pigs", which I learned as a little boy! Quite frankly, I had forgotten about it! This time, however, I was struck by how this childhood story provided theological instruction.

In this story, there are three little pigs who decide to each build a house. One builds a house of straw, one a house made of sticks, and the other a house of bricks. Soon thereafter, a wolf comes to each house asking to be let in. If not, he threatens to “huff and to puff and to blow the houses in”! Each pig, of course, refuses! However, the first two houses, the one made of straw and the one made of sticks, could not withstand the fierce breath of the wolf. Consequently, their houses are blown in! The third house—the one made of brick—is sufficiently strong that it is able to remain firm, despite the ferocious wind stirred by the breath of the wolf.

The apostle Paul, in his letter to the Corinthian church, admonished Christians to “take heed how he builds” (1 Corinthians 3:10). The reason is that each Christian’s works will become clear concerning the quality of the material being used. “It will be tested by fire”, Paul writes (1 Corinthians 1:13). The materials that we will used will “gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, or straw” (1 Corinthians 1:12). In this category of materials, clearly some of able to withstand fire (gold, silver, precious stones) much more than others (wood, hay, straw). This truth, in this case, applies to our rewards but not our salvation. Yet, the message is very clear.

Jesus’ own teaching concerning the obedience of His disciples to His commands. Jesus likens the one who hears His commands (or teachings) and obeys them to a “wise man who built his house on the rock” (Matthew 7:24). Contrastingly, he likens the one who is disobedient to a “foolish man who built his house on the sand” (Matthew 7:26). Moreover, Jesus says, “the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it feel. And great was its fall.” (Matthew 7:27). Although this is metaphorical language, it is clear that we ought to be careful how we build!

Our lives should be built according to Christ’s teachings; it should be built that it can withstand the intense scrutiny of divine evaluation and judgment. All that we do should always be FOR Christ!

Ron Roper wrote:

You may build great cathedrals large or small, you can build skyscrapers grand and tall, you may conquer all the failures of the past, but only what you do for Christ will last.

Though you song and prayers are heard and praised by men, they’ve no meaning unless you’ve been born again. Sinner, heed these words, don’t let this harvest past, for only what you do for Christ will last.

Remember only what you do for Christ will last. Remember only what you do for Christ will last! Only what you do for Him will be counted in the end! Only what you do for Christ will last! We must all be careful how we build!

 

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