Below I’ve placed an unusually large amount of Scripture for today’s meditation. Just hold onto your horses, there’s a reason. Over the past weekend I was blessed to be apart of a student weekend for my buddy Zach’s youth group. The weekend was called “Prodigal,” with the main focus being on this story/parable of the prodigal son that Jesus tells here in Luke 15.
I’m extremely thankful for having the chance to teach on the first character of the three mentioned, the son. It allowed me the chance to really dig into this story that I had heard a lot but never given much time to actually read. And I don’t just mean read the words and go about my day, I mean read like actually taking it apart word by word and studying it to squeeze out every bit of gold I could find. I’m excited about this because so often I just read God’s Word to check it off the list and say I got my time in but on this occasion, I had to study hard and what happened was AMAZING!!! I say all that to you today to challenge you and tell you to not make the mistake I make so often when it comes to taking in God’s Word. Don’t just read it, but actually READ it!!! Study the mess out of it and pray for God to show you what He desires for you to see!
Crazy to think of all the pieces of Scripture I look right over and how much pure, life-changing God Gold I’m missing out on because of my impatience and laziness. I want to encourage you in this today to no longer take these truths foregranted, to no longer read it just to get it done, or skip it because “you’ve already heard of that verse and it doesn’t interest you.” Whether you study this story today of the Prodigal Son or study something totally different, I challenge you with the same challenge for myself, DIG IN!!! STUDY IT then STUDY some more!!!
Think about it this way, when miners begin digging for Gold, they didn’t just take a few scoops of dirt out of the ground with their shovels and call it a day because they saw no gold. Miners kept digging, searching and doing everything in their power to find these precious and costly riches even if that meant going underground in caves, getting super dirty and working tirelessly. They kept digging because they had their heart set on finding Gold. When we open up God’s Word, we should take the miner’s same approach, digging and working tirelessly, no matter how long it takes to find that precious, life-giving, life-changing Gold that God has given to us!!!! If you don’t see God’s Gold at first, keep digging, then keep digging, and then keep digging even deeper! God will show His Gold to those who truly and whole-heartedly search for it!!!! He’s got riches waiting on you, don’t miss out on them!!!
‘And he said, “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. “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.
“Now his older son was in the field, and as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing. And he called one of the servants and asked what these things meant. And he said to him, ‘Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fattened calf, because he has received him back safe and sound.’ But he was angry and refused to go in. His father came out and entreated him, but he answered his father, ‘Look, these many years I have served you, and I never disobeyed your command, yet you never gave me a young goat, that I might celebrate with my friends. But when this son of yours came, who has devoured your property with prostitutes, you killed the fattened calf for him!’ And he said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours. It was fitting to celebrate and be glad, for this your brother was dead, and is alive; he was lost, and is found.'” ‘