Wallowing In Mud

Do you remember playing in the mud and mud puddles when you were a child? It was great fun. You just couldn’t seem to get muddy enough. Little kids are almost instinctively drawn to the mud. If you have children, when they were small and wanted to play outside, how many times did you say these words: “Stay out of the mud?”  As adults, we also seem to be drawn to the mud. What mud puddles are you wallowing in? Please read more…..

Pigs love to be filthy. They love to wallow in the mud. Do you know why? They do not possess sweat glands; therefore, they wallow in the mud to cool themselves off. In other words, the mud brings them temporary pleasure and relief.

Similarly, sin is attractive because it promises pleasure or temporary gain. Like mud, sin also leaves us filthy. According to Hebrew 11:25 sin brings us “fleeting pleasure.” If sin wasn’t attractive or fun we wouldn’t sin. Sin has an allure we just can’t seem to resist. So, like a pig to the mud, we return to our same habitual sins over and over again. In 2 Peter2:22 it is written: “The dog returns to its own vomit,” and “A bathed sow returns to wallowing in the mire.”

We are all familiar with the story of the Prodigal Son. The emphasis always seems to be on the ending of the story. For today’s message I want to look more to the beginning of the parable. Luke 15:13 tells us: “After a few days, the younger son collected all his belongings and set off to a distant country where he squandered his inheritance on a life of dissipation.” Synonyms for dissipation include words like: debauchery, overindulgence and intemperance. In other words, the son was heading out for the allure of sinful living. He was seeking among other things the licentious desires of the flesh. Said differently, he went to wallow in the mud.

The story focuses on the famous return home, however, we must ask ourselves: “Why did he go back home?” He only went back because the fun ran out.  According to Luke’s Gospel, 15:13-14, it was only after daddy’s money ran out and a famine struck the area that he found himself in dire need. Only then, did he contemplate returning home.  If he had more money and if there hadn’t been a famine, I am sure his motto would have been: “Let the good times roll.”

And this brings me to the point I want to make today. Just like all other people, Christians are sinners. Who among us, at some point, hasn’t had to deal with the sins of the flesh, and pride? These were the two big sins of the Prodigal son. I guess you could say, lucky for him that the money ran out and the famine struck. These two things brought him to his knees and brought him to his senses. It was only then that the journey home began. (Luke 15:14)

The New Testament tells us not to love the things of this world. It warns us that we can become slaves of our various desires and pleasures. Certainly not everything in life that is pleasurable is a sin, but if we pursue the pleasure more than we pursue God it becomes sinful.

Some pleasures develop into addictions. 2 Peter2:19 states:  “for a person is a slave of whatever overcomes him.” Pleasures like drugs, sex, alcohol, and pornography often lead to addictions. In fact, most people admit that they have one or two habitual sins that they struggle to break free of. A Christian with an addiction is no longer just wallowing in mud; he or she is actually STUCK in the mud.

What should someone do if they become stuck in mud? They should yell for help of course. A sinner stuck in an addiction or a habitual sin, needs to do the same thing. They must admit that they have a problem and ask for help.

The Bible tells us in Romans 6:23 that the wage of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life. It also tells us that sin must not reign over our mortal bodies so that we obey their desires Romans 6:11-14.

Pride often gets in our way when it comes to admitting that we have habitual sin. It appears we are either lazy or just too comfortable wallowing in the mud to seek help.

I must admit that I have some mud puddles in my life. Do you? I will close today with two simple questions:

  1. WHAT MUD ARE YOU WALLOWING IN?
  2. WHAT ARE YOU WILLING TO DO ABOUT IT?

Heavenly Father, sin has a way of drawing me into the slop of life. Help me to overcome my pride and seek the help I need to get out of the mud. Your son Jesus is a wellspring of eternal water. I place my faith in Him. He alone can wash me clean from the mud of my sin, Amen.

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Brian Pusateri

Brian Pusateri

Brian is a Christian author and speaker. Brian, a lifelong Catholic, felt his life was forever changed when God spoke to his heart while attending an eight day silent Christian retreat in November of 2011. Soon after that retreat Brian founded 4th Day Letters and Broken Door Ministries. With the God inspired message of mercy and unconditional love that was placed on his heart during that retreat, Brian has been impacting others all over the country and around the world with his weekly letters, his talks, and his all day Christian retreats. Brian’s life was again impacted in a very dramatic way when his eyesight suddenly became permanently impaired due to a diagnosis of Multiple Scleroses (MS) in June of 2014. This health challenge has only served to draw Brian closer to God and bolster the importance of this timely yet ageless message.
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11 Comments

  1. Maria Louisa on June 7, 2018 at 9:38 am

    Thank you so much for this wonderful article.
    It reminds me of a dream I had soon after I committed a grave sin many years ago.

    In the dream I saw myself lying down in a puddle of mud and even within the dream I felt an overwhelming sense of disappointment coming from someone looking at me from up above.

    I woke up and I knew immediately the dream had to do with my sin. I felt so horribly ashamed of myself but I knew God loved me which was why he wanted me to see what I had done exactly as it was – rolling in the mud and soiling my baptismal white.

    • Brian Pusateri Brian Pusateri on June 7, 2018 at 10:04 am

      Maria

      Thank you for sharing your dream. What a powerful experience that must have been. May God’s blessings be with you.

      Brian

  2. Roger Duncan on May 28, 2018 at 2:02 pm

    Thank you!!!

  3. Virgil Lasaga on May 22, 2018 at 8:54 am

    Excellent piece. This cuts through the muck (pardon the pun) and lays bare humanity’s sinful state. Your quote, ” I guess you could say, lucky for him that the money ran out and the famine struck. These two things brought him to his knees and brought him to his senses. It was only then that the journey home began. ” reminds me of the how what most people would consider bad could be used as an instrument for grace. There are many bad things that have happened to me, but looking back, I am thankful for them since it made me who I am and God is using those experiences to help those around me. Now I just need to stay out of the mud with God’s help. 😉

    • Brian Pusateri Brian Pusateri on May 22, 2018 at 8:57 am

      Virgil

      Thanks for your post and a big amen to what you wrote.

      Brian

  4. Barrie Heinzenknecht on May 22, 2018 at 7:50 am

    Brian,

    Good graphic reminder of our conscious waywardness of thoughts and deeds. Thanks.

    Will not see you tomorrow.

    God bless you,
    Barrie

  5. Lemoine Klug on May 22, 2018 at 7:08 am

    The call of the “mud” becomes intolerable when the “mud” is left to dry. It is more difficult to wash it away, it keeps you wanting to wallow more. Once the sin is openly admitted and forgiveness is sought, it becomes easier to climb out of the “mud”.

  6. Bill on May 22, 2018 at 6:48 am

    Thanks, Brian..a unique and different perspective….I’ll draw upon it the next time I’m drawn to “the mud”!

    • Brian Pusateri Brian Pusateri on May 22, 2018 at 7:14 am

      Bill

      Thank you for your post. God bless you!

      Brian

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