Be The Pig
Don’t expect to drop your underwear off at the French Laundry in Napa Valley—it’s actually one of the world’s top-rated restaurants. And if you’re a waiter or a dishwasher or a shift manager or a sous chef, the highest honor you can earn is the coveted “Be the Pig” T-shirt, given only to the best of the best who work there. The slogan refers to the difference between pigs and chickens. A chicken might offer up an egg for the meal, but the pig gives his life for it.
People who have been “ruined” for Jesus are pigs, not chickens.
So, how do we move from chicken to pig? Well, when we so identify ourselves with Jesus that we can’t imagine leaving him, then we’re pigs. Paul, another all-in disciple and one of the greatest thinkers in history, describes his orientation to Jesus this way: “I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified” (1 Corinthians 2:2). What does Paul mean by “know nothing,” anyway? He’s using hyperbole to emphasize his priority—to spend his energy and his passion and his intellect to know Jesus, with pig-like determination. He’s not interested in facts and trivia and “right answers” about him. Paul wants to know Jesus the way you know your best friend—inside-out. He wants to know him so well that he can finish his sentences. That’s living a pig’s life.