I can remember my grandparents saying, "Never buy a Pig in a Polk". But what does this mean, especially in today's Christian circles?
“Don't buy a pig in a poke”, might seem odd and archaic language. It's true that the phrase is very old, but actually it can be taken quite literally and remains good advice. The advice being given is don't buy a pig until you have seen it. A pig that's in a poke might turn out to be no pig at all.
This old cliché cannot be further from the gospel truth, because in accepting the Christian way of life, one has to take the gospel by faith. (Hebrews 11:6) Jesus also expressed this, when talking with the Apostle Thomas, shortly after Jesus' resurrection. (John 20:29)
Taking the gospel by faith sometimes may be misleading. We must be sure and believe the true gospel. (2 Cor 11:14) Then why have so many faithfully accepted a false gospel - simply because they failed to check out the gospel. (1 Thess 5:21) (Gal 1:6-9) Yes, the true gospel is quite simple. (1 Cor 15:3-4).
Once we exercise our faith, we must accept God's free grace to change our lives. (Ephesians 2:8-9) (1 Cor 3:4) For no one can ever be good enough, on their own, to come to God. No one can earn their way to God. And, no one can rely on a good friend or family member to get to God. It's all about God's free grace, plus nothing and minus nothing.
So, right now, while you can still do so, (James 4:14), just give your heart to the Lord. He was nailed to a cross for your sins and mine. And He rose from the dead on the third day to concur the penalty of sin. (Matt 27:27- 28:10).
Remember, accepting the gospel by faith, is no "Pig in the Polk". The scripture is very plain in predicting the Church. (Matt 16:17-18), and with the church came the gospel. (Acts 2:37-47). And with the gospel came faith that God is who He is and will do what He says he will do. (John 14:12).
I realize it's hard sometimes exercising our faith especially in the days in which we live. However, even Jesus' own disciples, who lived with Him for three years, had a need for more faith. (Luke 17:15) We must, however, take God at his word (Mark 9:23) (Mark 10:27). For he's all we have.
Remember, having true faith will help you make sense of the troubling and confusing world you live in. It will give you the confidence you need to move forward with your life despite trials and setbacks. (Philippians 4:13) So, go ahead, let that "Pig out of the Polk”, by telling others of what God has done for you.
(© 2012 Charles Robey – All rights reserved. Written material may not be duplicated without permission.)