DayBreaks for 5/04/17: Pig Parties
From the DayBreaks archive, May 2007:
From “News of the Weird”, UPI, 5/1/98: When farmers leave for the day, pigs start to party, said agricultural researches in Reading, England, interviewed by the London Daily Telegraph in April. According to Nick Bird of the Farmex firm, the pigs eat, drink and roughhouse until about midnight before retiring for the evening, at least in buildings that are well lighted. Farmex now wants to know whether this has any effect on the supply of bacon.
Do you remember that old saying about “When the cat’s away, the mice will play”? Apparently it is not only true of cats and mice, but of farmers and pigs, too!
I am also aware of the fact that this happens in the world of business. I know. I’ve been there and been guilty of it myself. When the boss is gone, sometimes we don’t give our best effort – or at least not as intense of an effort as when the boss is there. For some of you reading this today – your boss is out of the office. How are you doing with your work today? Are you slacking off – even just a little bit? If so, do you think that is what God wants you to do? It comes down to the question of who you believe you really work for, doesn’t it? Are you working for Mr. or Ms. Smith, or even your family? Or are you working for God and displaying your thankfulness to Him for the job He has given you?
There are biblical parallels to this story. The parable of the talents was about using what we’ve been given and being faithful with it. You’ve been given a job, just like the servants were given talents. The ones that took what they’d been given and worked hard with it while the master was gone were praised and trusted with more. The servant who didn’t do that had even what he was given taken away from him.
Another parallel with a different meaning is the wickedness that the Lord said would precede his return. Matthew 24:37-39 relays to us the words of our Lord: As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. You see, the Master has been gone for a long time now and the “party” has continued for a long time. The terrible tragedy of the picture Jesus relates to us is that just as those who were lost in the flood waters had no idea it was coming, so those who “party” while the Master is away will be totally caught off guard by his return.
How are you spending your time at work? How are you spending your life? To be right with God, we need to do both as if He were present all the time for one simple reason: He is.
PRAYER: Lord, many of us will be tempted this day to goof off when we think no one is watching us. Help us to be the kind of people who don’t even think about trying to get away with less than a 100% effort in all we do that is right. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2017 by Galen Dalrymple.