Merry Monday by Parris Bailey

“Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ.” Eph.4:13
When my children were little, I used to read a book to them about a Pig that loved to have his mother do everything for him. That is fine if your a baby, but this full grown PIG still sat in a high chair to be fed, and had his poor mother push him around in a baby stroller. Then the great day came when PIG PIG jumped out of his baby stroller to save a baby that was getting ready to be hit by his very own stroller. The book ends with him pushing his mom around in the stroller and taking care of her. PIG PIG GREW UP.
It might take us humans awhile to grow up. Some do better than others but sooner or later we have to put on our “big girl pants” and begin to press onto perfection. I can look back on my life and see the times I have had to “press onto perfection”. Jesus said in Matt.5:48; “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.” He never aimed low in His life did he? The meaning of the word perfect in this verse includes the ideas of full-growth, maturity, workability, soundness, and completeness. When applied to a Christian, the word refers to one that is spiritually mature, complete, well-rounded in his Christian character. Perfect can also mean, according to Wuest, “to repair, to restore to a former good condition, to prepare, to fit out, to equip.” It was used of reconciling factions, setting broken bones, putting a dislocated limb into place, mending nets. The fundamental idea in this word is the bringing of a person or thing to the goal fixed by God. Jesus was even perfected through sufferings.
A.B. Simpson says; “We are perfect but not perfected. We are complete but not completed. “Ye are complete in him,” says the Apostle to the Colossians, and yet in the same epistle he adds, “that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God.” There is a sense, a true sense in which we may accept the righteousness and grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and count it real and sufficient. As far as our faith goes, as far as our light goes, we are fully saved. We are all there in Christ just as fully as the newborn babe is complete in all its parts. But it is not yet full-grown. It has all the organs its father has, but they are yet immature. It is complete but not completed. It is perfect but not perfected. And so the consecrated soul that has taken Christ in His fullness has Him in His fullness, but yet there is to be a deeper revelation and larger fullness step by step and day by day, until at last He shall reach the “measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ.”
Perfect, that is a huge word in our vocabulary. In fact I think the majority of us say- “Well, excuse me, I am not perfect!” But Andrew Murray says it in this way; “There is our perfection in Christ as imparted to us by the Holy Spirit in uniting us to Him. The life which is implanted in us at the new birth, planted into the midst of a mass of sin and flesh, is a perfect life. As the seed contains in itself the whole life of the tree, so the seed of God within us is the perfect life of Christ, with its power to grow and fill our life and bring forth fruit to perfection.”
Maybe you too can relate to PIG PIG- that’s where the power of the Holy Spirit comes in to reconcile us, fix our brokenness and bring us back to the Father. Let’s crawl out of the high chair, and the baby stroller and let Him perfect that which concerns you!


3 Replies to “PIG PIG GROWS UP”

  1. As I woke I wondered if by some coincidence my most recent testimony would fit into today’s blog. You be the judge, I do not have an impartial view of these events.
    As I look back I recognize the string of events starting Sunday morning when a friend shared with me a word given to him, Psalm 19:14. Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my rock and my Redeemer. (NASB).
    As I thought about that verse throughout the day I decided I wanted that to become my prayer. I knew the only way for this to become a reality in my life was being empowered by God. I, on my own abilities and desires, no matter how noble, am insufficient for such a thing.
    Sunday night’s service message – you gonna drink something – so drink from the fountain that gives Living water.
    Time passes. I go for prayer Sunday night. As I stand in line my soul cries out, “GOD – finish this work which you started in me! You must finish this.” I lost track of time as I stood silently. I could no longer even muster the strength to cry out. This was not a weepy cry but there was desperation because I knew I could not have any effect on what I asked.
    In that moment of utter silence these words sprung from my inner man. “Line by line, precept by precept. Here a little- there a little.” Not the exact wording of scripture but I think it important.
    The next thing I know I felt the Pastor’s hand slap my chest repeatedly. I was caught by surprise, I didn’t even hear him coming; I was lost in another world. Then I heard that familiar voice of Pastor say, “Line by line, precept by precept. Here a little- there a little.”
    All I could do was smile and thank God – WAHOO!
    Then I read today’s blog. A coincidence – I think not.

  2. Andrew’s literary depiction of the seed of God planted at “the new birth” is one of the most beautiful yet accurate phrases I’ve heard describing one’s most powerful potential in Christ at rebirth. And the representative seed of “the perfect life of Christ” I thought of first was the indigenous, mighty oak acorn. Yet in the Scriptures, the mustard seed, is the smallest yet mightiest of all other garden herbs which actually grows into a tree. A tree where birds of the air can rest and nest.Matt 13:31-32.

    Not being an agronomist but considering the drought and rocky terrain around Jerusalem I would be willing to bet even the mighty acorn, planted as deep as a squirrel, would not stand a chance there.

    We should then have the Faith of such a seed, containing the Spiritual genetics of the perfect life of Christ, and know that such a miracle, little seed can flourish in our soul and our spiritual life can be Perfected in Christ;and all the while observing our physical flesh being subjected to all brutal evil conditions of this world. yet dying daily in response.

    In His Light and Love, Curiougeorge

  3. G’morn,
    My son and I were in a deep discussion 2am Friday morn about this very Scripture. He asked me did I have or could I have perfection. I said not as long as flesh is attached to me…..Romans 7 is “burned” into my heart…. wicked man that I am, who can deliver me ???? My son insist that Jesus said we could have perfection, because He had it. I told my babe that the Lord doesn’t dangle a treat on a string just out of our reach where we almost get it but He keeps lifting the prize higher . His goal is not to frustrate, but to be the Finisher of our faith I insist that though the place where He lives inside me is very much alive, my failing is more subtle now that I’m a grown up Pig(great analogy) I still live the battle of being tempted and sometimes trying to solve my own problem my own way… I consider that the ultimate sin putting my “way” above God’s plan. But God is faithful, He invades with a timely ” what are you doing child?!” That snaps me back to Who the Holy Spirit is inside me and He is the Counseler. Gratitude is too small a word for my thankfulness that I’m never alone. That’s why we have our prayer language to say what can’t be said with our limited understanding.
    Well ofcourse I forwarded the blog be my precious son…..thank you Pastor Parris …..cp

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