The Parable of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-24) in the Bible is very familiar to most of us, but the emphasis has always been on the father, the son, and sometimes, the elder brother (and understandably so). But today, as we went through this passage at church, it occurred to me that there is yet another character in this story.
How did the prodigal son finally see that it is better in his father's presence? He met a pig.
In this story, the pigs could represent the children of God:
- They were fed even during the famine. God provided for their needs, and so does God provide for the needs of His children.
- They were considered animals of the lowly kind. We must be willing to put ourselves in a position of humility and let God use us.
- They made the prodigal son realize that life would be better if he returns to his father. Ultimately, they led the son back to his dad, just as God's children should also lead people back to Him.
Do you want God to use you so His lost children could be found again? If so, be a pig.