This past weekend, I had the privilege of speaking to Ignite Church about the parable of the prodigal son. If you were not able to be with us, here are the points from this past weekend’s sermon.
1. Don’t ask the father for something unless you’re ready for it
The younger son told his father, ‘I want my share of your estate now before you die.’ So his father agreed to divide his wealth between his sons. Luke 15:12
Too often we find ourselves getting greedy for the things of this world. We ask for God to bless us, but the reality is that we are not always ready for the blessings He wants to pour out on us.
If you’re going to ask God to bring the rain, take the time to dig some ditches to prepare for it.
2. Don’t waste what God has blessed you with
A few days later this younger son packed all his belongings and moved to a distant land, and there he wasted all his money in wild living. About the time his money ran out, a great famine swept over the land, and he began to starve. Luke 15:13-14
I believe one of the most tragic things we can do as followers of Christ is to waste what we’ve been blessed with. We spend so much time wishing we had what someone else has while completely neglecting the unique thing that God has blessed us with. Find what makes you unique and embrace it!
The thing that makes you different is also the thing that makes you powerful.
3. The world cannot offer what ONLY God can give
The young man became so hungry that even the pods he was feeding the pigs looked good to him. But no one gave him anything. Luke 15:16
So many people today look to all the wrong places for satisfaction. They look for satisfaction in alcohol, sex, money, drugs, popularity, etc. The reality is that even when you get those things, you’re still not satisfied. JESUS IS THE ONLY ONE WHO CAN TRULY SATISFY!
People are hungry and thirsty for something that will fill them up. Let’s stop showing them the things of this world and instead, let’s give them the Bread of Life and the Living Water!
4. Repentance begins when you want to be alright more than you want to look alright
“When he finally came to his senses, he said to himself, ‘At home even the hired servants have food enough to spare, and here I am dying of hunger! I will go home to my father and say, “Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, and I am no longer worthy of being called your son. Please take me on as a hired servant.”’ Luke 15:17-19
When you get to a point in your life where you’re more concerned with being made right with God rather than looking alright with people, the life change process has truly begun.
5. Come Home! Your Father is still pursuing you!
So he returned home to his father. And while he was still a long way off, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him. His son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, and I am no longer worthy of being called your son. Luke 15:20-21
No matter what you’ve done or how far you are from God, always know that He is still waiting for you to come home. Not only is he waiting for you, but when you make your move to go to Him, he will run to you!
6. Celebrate the Victories!
But his father said to the servants, ‘Quick! Bring the finest robe in the house and put it on him. Get a ring for his finger and sandals for his feet. 23 And kill the calf we have been fattening. We must celebrate with a feast, 24 for this son of mine was dead and has now returned to life. He was lost, but now he is found.’ So the party began. Luke 15:22-24
Wherever you are in your life right now, know that God wants you to come home so he can celebrate with you! God wants more for you than you could ever imagine!
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. John 10:10