In 2 Peter 2: 22 we have this almost comical proverb about the nature of humanity: “A sow that is washed, returns to her wallowing in the mud.”
This raises a couple of questions. Why does a washed pig go back to the mud and what does it have to do with us?
Why does a pig go back to the mud? Because it’s a pig. That’s its nature. That’s the point of the proverb. There are some things that seem so natural. They are a slave to them. They are drawn to the mud and without a moment’s hesitation it goes rushing back.
Without knowing Jesus, we are described as slaves to sin. Without much hesitation we are drawn to things which are not of God. That is our nature. Disturbingly in the proverb, Peter is saying we are like the pig.
Yet, the message of the Bible isn’t saying, let me wash you off just so you can return to the mud. It isn’t saying, I am trying to change your exterior whilst all the time knowing that you have this inclination toward sin and away from God. The message of a Bible is that you are no longer at a point where you can’t help but go to the mud, you are no longer a slave to sin.
It is not about avoiding what has gone before, but when we follow Jesus, something in us changes. We are not necessarily drawn to what was so attractive before. What you find is that you are more drawn to God.
Now, at times the mud still looks attractive. At times we find ourselves wallowing in it and again, but I suspect we no longer have the desire to live in it. In fact, often when we find ourselves in the mud, we find ourselves looking at it in an utterly different way to what we used to, and we find ourselves wanting to be clean again. Perhaps you know this feeling.
You see the mud, you used to be so drawn to, but it is like something has changed in you. It no longer holds the appeal that it used to. The reason for this is that God offers us an advantage we cannot have without Him. He gives us His nature. Your mind will be different.
If you are tired of being drawn to the mud and wallowing in the mud, let God transform your heart and your mind. Let Him give you the new nature that can only be found in following Jesus.