This is part 3 of the 3-part Blog Series. I hope that you have enjoyed the last 2! I look forward to reading your comments and seeing what you have to say!
Luke 15 has been a great chapter to dive deeper into. Between the sheep, the coins, and now the sons, I think it’s safe to say that Jesus did a great job directing us to the fact that one soul matters. These parables really open our eyes to the love that Christ has for us and for the responsibility that we have. What an honor!
The last parable that Jesus shows us in this chapter is one of two sons. Both worked for the father and would later on receive an inheritance from him. One son decides early on that his time working at the family farm is done. He asks his father for his share of the inheritance and hits the open road. He parties and has a temporary season of fun. But then… he runs out of money. Life makes a sudden turn for the worst and he is now in search of a job. The only one that he can find is feeding pigs. I can imagine the smell and even worse, the shame that this man had. The Bible says that he longed to even eat the food that the pigs were eating. He was that hungry!
He realizes quickly that this is not the same life that he had imagined before he left his father’s house. He thinks and decides that he will go home…not as a son, but as a servant. Surely his father will let him be a servant. He comes home, rehearsing his speech for his father. What he didn’t expect is what he saw from a distance. There was a man running. He was getting closer and closer. Who could it be?
Was it his father?
His father was running towards him…. Laughing…smiling… rejoicing!
What a sight! The father… a symbol of our Heavenly Father running towards the lost son. It’s beautiful!
The father heard the son’s speech about wanting to become a servant, but would have nothing to do with that. He was and would always be his SON! There was a party and food and dancing and gifts and…
one angry brother.
The other brother. The one we don’t talk about much. He’s the one that stayed at home. He never left the house. He did as he was told. And now his wayward brother has come home and all he hears outside his window is music and rejoicing.
When his father came looking for him, the son made his opinion known.
“’Look! All these years I’ve been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so that I could celebrate with my friends…’”
But I love what the Father says in response. This first sentence can change our way of thinking if we let it!
“’My son,’ the Father said, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours.’”
EVERYTHING I have is yours.
It’s so easy to miss this seemingly hidden truth at the end of this chapter. When we are under the protection of our Father, when we are serving, loving, and obeying Him… EVERYTHING he has is ours.
Grace. Mercy. Joy. Strength. Love. Provision. Creativity. Faith. Life. Friendship. This list can go on and on.
If you need it, He’s got it. My favorite verse is found in Ephesians 3:20 and it shows us that His everything is more than we could ever need or imagine.
“Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine according to His power that is at work within us.”
So if you are a child of God, I want this to be an encouragement for you! He has EVERYTHING that you need. Trust Him. Keep the faith. Don’t give up.
Your daddy’s got this!