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4/29/15 – Stop waiting on the slop!

Written by Carlton L. Arnold

Coming to his senses he thought, ‘How many of my father’s hired workers have more than enough food to eat, but here am I, dying from hunger.  I shall get up and go to my father and I shall say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you.  I no longer deserve to be called your son; treat me as you would treat one of your hired workers.”’  So he got up and went back to his father.   Luke 15:17-20  

This is a popular story commonly referred to as the “Prodigal Son”.  I want to make some clear and distinct applications to Believers.  Christianity and the Church is in a quandary about how to live up to the commands of Christ in a humanistic and secularized culture.  I hope this challenges you, as it has me, about how our lives should reflect the love of Christ.

Briefly, the story of the “Prodigal Son” is about a younger son who decides that he cannot wait on his inheritance.  Being totally impatient, he asks for and receives his inheritance from his father.  Like most young people, there is a strong drive to want to do what you want to do with no one telling you how to live.  The son spent the money in “wild living”, and became poor.  The only gainful employment he could get was to feed pigs (this would be extremely repugnant to any Jew.)  The son was so hungry, he wanted to eat the slop meant for the pigs.  As the verse says above, he eventually came “to his senses”.  This is the purpose of this article.  What parts of your life are you living in pigpens, and do you need to come to your senses?

The following is graphic, but I want you to get the point.  When Christians gossip about family, friends, and acquaintances, those Christians are in the pigpen.  When I was a child, my grandfather had some hogs, and I would remember him saying, “it’s time to slop the hogs!”  What he meant was it was time to feed them the food scraps collected over the last day or two that would be called “slop”.  These Christians talking badly about other Christians are out in the pigpen waiting for the slop.

Think of other activities where a Christian behaves in a non-Christ-like way.  An angry Christian is waiting on the slop.  A jealous Christian is waiting on the slop.  An arrogant or egotistical Christian is waiting on the slop. A rude Christian is waiting on the slop.  A Christian who believes that the world owes them something is waiting on the slop.  A Christian who knowingly lies is waiting on the slop.  An immoral Christian is waiting on the slop.  An impatient Christian is waiting on the slop.  A hateful Christian is waiting on the slop.  A greedy Christian is waiting on the slop.  I could go on, but I see and hear too much of these kinds of things about Christians.  Recognize the negative character traits in your life and stop waiting on the slop!

The story does not end with the son in the pigpen.  He got out of the pigpen and returned home.  The Bible says, “While he was still a long way off, his father caught sight of him, and was filled with compassion. He ran to his son, embraced him and kissed him.”  The son confesses his sins against heaven and his father.  If you have felt the conviction of the Holy Spirit while reading this, get it right with God now.  Confess and agree with God your bad behavior.  Stop the unchristian like behavior immediately.  You can do this by forgetting about yourself and loving everyone as God loves them.  Your life will be full of joy.

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