March 14 | By Phil Waldrep
The other day I heard a funny story about a conversation between a pig and a chicken.
The two lived on a farm and the farmer took very good care of his animals.
He always made sure they adequate food and shelter and made sure the veterinarian came when they were sick.
Well, one day the chicken and the pig were talking about how good the farmer was to them.
And the chicken suggested that they should do something special for the farmer.
And the pig quickly agreed but didn’t have any ideas what they could do.
Finally, the chicken said, “I’ve got it!
Let’s give the farmer a big country breakfast of ham and eggs.”
After a long pause, the pig said,” Well, that seems like a good idea, but for you it only involves a little effort but for me – well, it would require total commitment.”
I love that story and it illustrates a point: too many believers fail to realize that Christianity isn’t just a little effort, but it is total commitment.
In Matthew twenty-two, a lawyer asked Jesus, “What is the greatest commandment?” – or, to put it another way, the lawyer wanted to know where he and all the other Pharisees should put their efforts.
But Jesus’ answer surprised them.
Jesus didn’t pick one of the ten commandments but, instead, stated that the greatest commandment was to “love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.”
In other words, Jesus doesn’t want our best efforts.
He wants total commitment.