After a life of unwavering service at the farm, all the pig had to show for it was a wooden right hind leg. When a woman visiting the farm noticed the odd-looking animal and asked the farmer’s wife about it, she couldn’t have prepared herself for what she was about to hear.

The “miracle pig” once saved the farmer’s family from a fire, pulling away broken boards and debris so they could be led to safety. On another occasion, the pig rescued their daughter from drowning in a pond.

As the woman listened, she was amazed at the bravery of this exceptional farm animal. But the farmer’s wife didn’t tell her how the pig lost its leg, and so she asked. She soon wished she hadn’t.

The woman replied, “When you have such a special animal around, you don’t want to eat him all at once!”

Gratitude didn’t run very deep in that family.

Sometimes we serve God with the same attitude. He has healed us when we were ill, protected us from danger, and provided food for our families, money to pay our bills, and strength to weather our trials. But instead of treating Him with respect, we take His goodness for granted. We stay up late on Saturday night so we’re too tired to go to church on Sunday morning. During the week, we rush to eat breakfast and be on time for work without spending time with Him. When we pray, it is often with little or no conviction, or only when an emergency comes.

According to today’s verse, God spared no expense to redeem us from our sins. Shouldn’t we show our gratitude to Him? Of course we should. We’re not entitled to His blessings. We are desperate for His grace. Let’s show Him how much we love Him today.

When thou hast truly thanked the Lord for every blessing sent,
But little time will then remain for murmur or lament. — Hannah More

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.