Our lead pastor, David Brakke, continued our series today at Maltby Christian Assembly based on Timothy Keller’s bestseller titled “The Prodigal God.” After several weeks focused on the elder son, we turned our attention on the younger brother.
The Bible reads, “But when he came to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have more than enough bread, but I perish here with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and I will say to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Treat me as one of your hired servants.’ And he arose and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son. But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet. And bring the fattened calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate. For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.’ And they began to celebrate” (Luke 15:17-24, ESV).
He came to his senses. You can’t help but hear the shame and regret in his voice. I think we have all been there at one time or another. How did we end up here? It was not supposed to be this way. This was not what I signed up for. I was supposed to be different. I thought that I could get away with it. After all, it is not my fault. Or is it?
We live so much life without ever seeing ourselves as we really are. Exiles. Separated from the only One who can make things right.
But then…we come to ourselves. The pig slop just doesn’t do it for us anymore. We would rather be servants than slaves. The goal is to go home. And what awaits us? Family. Who would have thought that our Father has been waiting for us the entire time. He won’t even allow us to finish our sentence.
You ready to come home?