Kellie, Isabella, Isaiah, and Pastor Chris

Monday, October 3, 2011

Daily Word October 3, 2011

The Value of a Pig?
Luke 15:11-16
"And he siad, 'There was a man who had two sons.  And the younger of them said to his father, 'Father, give me the share of property that is coming to me.'  And he divided his property between them.  Not many days later, the younger son gathered all he had and took a journey into a far country, and there he squandered his property in reckless living.  And when he had spent everything, a severe famine arose in that country, and he began to be in need.  So he went and hired himself out to one of the citizens of that country, who sent him into his fields to feed pigs.  And he was longing to be fed with the pods that the pigs ate, and no one gave him anything.'"

It is a familiar story no doubt, but not for the reasons perhaps you may be thinking.  It is a familiar story from the standpoint that almost all of us, if not all of us, have at one point or another represented this young man.  Foolish and arrogant, he makes a shameful request before his father.  He requests that his dad not only give him his inheritance before his time, but also, in reality, that his dad allow him to live his life however he chose.  In other words, this rutty young man is filled with arrogance and pride, he decides it is time to stop taking orders, no one is going to tell him what to do, he is his own boss.  It is interesting, that upon receiving the property, it says, "Not many days later..." - it implies that the young man had it all planned out.

Ever been there before?  Planning out the moves - "If I was in charge, I would...I know how to run my life better than...I can run this company better than my boss..."  There we often are, filling ourselves with pride and self-ambition, we are about to head down the road of the prodigal son.  Today, let's stop - we haven't gone to far.  There's time to turn around...

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