Years ago, I closed out a conference on “being a fully developed follower of Christ.” I was using an analogy of chickens and pigs’ roles on a farm. At the time, I thought this was genius. As I started talking about the value of a chicken and a pig to the farmer, the rest of the team started laughing. And what I remember was it slowly becoming uncontrollable laughter. When I got to the “main point,” the team’s shoulders were shrugging, and their hands were over their mouth. However, the rest of the audience did not laugh because it wasn’t meant to be funny. And all I said was, “Chickens are valuable to the farmer, but they are in no way as committed as the pig.”  The point was to ask yourself whether you were a committed follower of Christ or just giving some of yourself when you wanted to.

Again, at the time, I thought I was bordering on brilliance with this analogy. And maybe the extreme fatigue of orchestrating a 2-day conference caused the team to become delirious and easily tickled. But it is still true that a pig is truly fully committed. I’m sure I could have said it better, but it is an excellent question to ask yourself. Are you fully committed as a follower of Christ?

Now is a great time to commit to your spiritual growth. We have a few opportunities that would be an excellent start to the year. We have a Thursday morning and evening 4-week Bible study starting January 18th. And a few spots are left at our popular Lead with Passion Encounter Weekend on January 19-21. To register and get all the details, go to our website

I can hardly wait to see you at the study, Encounter weekend, or both!!


2 Chronicles 16:9  For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.

1 Kings 8:61  And may your hearts be fully committed to the Lord our God to live by his decrees and obey his commands, as at this time.

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