If you have ever seen a pig’s sty, you will know that they are filthy places. And they stink! I have never hung around a pig’s sty for much time because of the smell. Pigs seem to enjoy the filth, and will roll in it all day long.
Isaiah 64:6 says, “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousness is as filthy rags”. If we are this terrible how can we ever hope to be “sons and daughters of God” as 1 John 3:1 says?
The answer is found in 2 Corinthians 3:18, “Beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory into glory”. We need to “see” the Lord. But how do we do that?
In Exodus 33:20, God says to Moses, “You cannot see my face: for no man can see it and live”. Moses asked to see God’s face and He said, you cannot. But why?
God is perfect and we are not. The glory of God would burn us up if we saw him face to face.
To behold God, we need to look up from the works of darkness. If we stop viewing the world and all it’s sinful pleasures, and instead view the Son of Righteousness, we will become changed into His image. When we are beholding God, we will be unable to take delight in the pleasure of this world.
In order to make a pig become “clean”, we need to have it grow a dislike for the muck and mire where it lives, and a yearning to be clean. This is impossible as long as it has mud puddles to go to. Still you would have to rid it of it’s desire for those mud puddles.
So if you truly want to become a son of God, you must stop wanting the mud puddles. However, you can not do this on your own! You must ask God for help, and view his righteousness. We can not help ourselves, we need divine intervention and a change of heart to rely on him.
So stop viewing the mire around you, and look up. By beholding we will become changed.