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Harvest Daily with Greg Laurie - July 6, 2006

The Prodigal Pig


Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God.

—1 John 3:9


We have heard the story of the prodigal son from Luke 13, but have you heard the story of the prodigal pig?  That’s in the Bible too.   Peter talks about a pig that has been washed, but then goes back to wallowing in the mud (see 2 Peter 2:22).


Pigs are very intelligent animals.  They have become rather popular.  In fact, one movie about a pig actually was nominated for a number of film awards.  And there was a time not long too ago when pigs were a favorite pet.  You could even take a pig and shower him, put some nice cologne on him, and then make a little outfit for him—maybe a little pig tuxedo, fitted just for him.  You could give him a little hat and a little cane to carry in his hooves.  Then you could seat him at your table and have a nice meal together.


But let me tell you something.  The first chance that pig gets, he will make a beeline from your dining room table back to his pigpen, because that’s where he really wants to be.  Why?  Because he’s a pig.  He wants to hang out with his pig friends.  He wants to do pig things.


Now think about this: a pig will always go back to his element, but a prodigal will always return home, because a prodigal is a child of God who has gone astray.


No matter what you have done, whatever sins you have committed, God stands ready to forgive you if you will come back to Him.  He will forgive His prodigal children again and again.

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