Updated: Oct 7
Luke 15:11-32 tells the story of the prodigal son. In this parable that Jesus told, there were two sons. The youngest demanded his inheritance from his father early and then squandered it by living a wild and reckless lifestyle. After a while, things got so bad for the younger son that he found himself even envying the food of the pigs that He fed as part of his job. It was at this point that he finally "came to his senses"... why was he here suffering unnecessarily, when at home he had a loving father who even made sure their servants had more than enough. The younger son made a decision to return home, but he wasn't expecting to be received as a son, simply a servant. Nevertheless, his father not only ran out to greet him on his return, but also gave him gifts and threw him a party!
The father in this story is an analogy of God the Father and at some point in our lives, we have all been the prodigal son. At times you may find yourself tempted by the things / lifestyle of the world, believing that it has something to offer you that cannot be found in Christ, but that is simply a lie.
The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need. (Psalm 23:1, NLT)
Absolutely every need and every desire can only truly be fulfilled in Christ. The world offers temporary pleasures, but eventually, everything it offers decays or fails. Christ is truly our source. In fact, He is our life (Colossians 3:3).
And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever. (1 John 2:17, NLT)
The scriptures have been given for our learning, and as with anything we can choose to learn the hard or the easy way. We can choose to believe the scriptures and trust God that truly He is all the inheritance we need. Or we can, like the prodigal son, cause ourselves unnecessary heartbreaks as we choose to explore the world, believing it's lies. Either way, we will eventually "come to our senses" and recognise that in Christ we already have everything we need.
15 Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation,[a] 16 for through him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see— such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world. Everything was created through him and for him. 17 He existed before anything else, and he holds all creation together. (Colossians 1:15-17, NLT)