'...He was lost and is found.' Luke 15:32 NIV
The last couple of days we’ve focused on the older brother in the parable of the prodigal son. There’s a lot there for long–standing ‘got it together’ Christians. But today, we thought we’d address the main character in the parable, the younger brother. Like his sibling, he didn’t fully grasp the nature of his father, but for different reasons. When he walked away from his home, he left all the good he could have freely had. Who in their right mind would do that? Everything he needed to live life to the fullest was right under his nose. That definitely sunk in later. And like the prodigal son, when we look back in hindsight at a good thing we’ve left behind, it’s easy to admit we’ve been stupid (think of the robes! think of the inheritance! think of the cake!) Finding yourself stuck in a rut with no strength left and nowhere else to turn is often when you realise you should have stayed in the house, where God’s got everything we need. But, in practice, turning back to God takes some real humility—we can either stick it alone, or run back home with nothing to show for what we’ve done. Yet, that’s what matters. Messing up is not the end of the story. Nope. The younger brother got up, and chose to admit his mistakes. The Father was waiting for the son with open arms. Do you need to come home today? Take a look at the inside back cover.
SoulFood: 1 Cor 10-11; Luke 24:13-24; Ps 68:1-18; Pro 25:13-16
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