Prodigal Son – January 11, 2016

Luke 15:13, “Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living. 14After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. 15So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. 16He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything. 17When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! 18I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you.’”

The New Year is always a great time for honest reflection in our lives. Self assessment and contemplation on where we have been, where we are and where we are heading if we stay on our current course can provide a better overall picture. However, the truth is, there are times in our lives when things are just not going as we had hoped. Sometimes, the reasons for our struggles are completely out of our control. Nevertheless, there are other times, if we are honest with ourselves, that our current set of problems are our own doing.

In other words, we are like that prodigal son in Luke 15, who took all the blessings of his father and squandered them on wasteful living. As tragic as that may seem, the outcome of the story is one of grace and renewal. To find grace and renewal the prodigal has to take 3 important steps. Read these words in Luke 15:17, When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! 18I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you.” Follow along this week as we study three important steps from this passage.

Take care and have a blessed day!

John Mark Caton, Ph.D