Luke 15: 11 – 21
Then He said: “A certain man had two sons. And the younger of them said to his father, “Father, give me the portion of goods that fall to me.” So he divided to them his livelihood. And not many days after, the younger son gathered all together, journeyed to a far country, and there wasted his possessions with prodigal living. But when he had spent all, there arose a sever famine in that land, and he began to be in want. Then he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country, and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. And he would gladly have filled his stomach with the pods that the swine ate, and no one gave him anything.
But when he came to himself, he said, “How many of my father’s hired servants have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you, and I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me like one of your hired servants.
And he arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him. And the son said to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight, and am no longer worthy to be called your son.”
As I read this passage in my NKJV bible, the letters are read meaning that Jesus spoke them. This always gets my attention. Let’s look at the message when the father gave the son a portion of his livelihood. Hence, God giving us His Son. When God gave us Jesus, He gave us freedom, freedom in Him. This son took what was given and headed a distance away to a far country to live the lifestyle that he so desired. This lifestyle is described as lavish, extravagant and wasteful. The first thing the son did was get a distance away. When we do things that we are aware we should not be doing, we tend to distance ourselves from what we know is correct or righteous and surround ourselves with company that is mutual, and usually receive artificial comfort and acceptance.
When all the resources were gone, reality hit him hard as he came to himself and found himself in need. He then went to a citizen of this far-off country. Have you ever woken up to realization of your sin and felt as a foreigner, knowing there is more out there and you are worth more than the situation or lifestyle you find yourself in. He faced this humbling experience in a pig sty.
Once he admitted to himself, he was then ready to humbling admit to his father, confess his sin and change his ways. His father was able to see him from a distance, notice he didn’t have to come all the way to the father, as he met him on his forward journey. Just as our Father is waiting for us with open arms. He doesn’t come after us or chase us down to experience His freedom. He waits for us with open arms to humbling come to him, turning from our ways and He is waiting to celebrate!
Are you currently in a pig sty? Do you need to be real with yourself and admit an area of your life to your Savior? Are you ready to confess, repent and change your ways? Are you ready to be greeted with open arms? Your Savior is waiting for you.
Or have you been redeemed from a pig sty? Please share.