Month: March 2016
My sin killed Jesus, but it didn’t make him any more dead than yours.~Zane Black
I wanted God’s Word to work like a vending machine-just punch in the right letters and numbers, and out pops a little something to satisfy my latest craving. To me, the Bible was full of moral lessons that were immediately useful and directly applicable to my current situation. Context or no context, I wanted everything in the Bible to be either about me, or a direct word to me. The Bible indeed contains all we need to know for godly living, but we would be foolish to approach God’s Word looking only for how it applies to us or others, forgetting to find what it says about Him.
Luke 15:11-24 is the story of the prodigal son. But, for you ladies out there, I changed up the pronouns so you could see what it’s like with daughters. Maybe it’ll help you to feel more connected to this parable. Just as I feel more connected to a verse when it says ‘sons and daughters’ or ‘brothers and sisters’ instead of just sons or brothers. Have a read and see what you think.
“There was a man who had two daughters. The younger one said to her father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them. Not long after that, the younger daughter got together all she had, set off for a distant country and there squandered her wealth in wild living. After she had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and she began to be in need. So she went and hired herself out to a citizen of that country, who sent her to his fields to feed pigs. She longed to fill her stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave her anything. When she came to her senses, she said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your daughter; make me like one of your hired servants.’ So she got up and went to her father. But while she was still a long way off, her father saw her and was filled with compassion for her; he ran to his daughter, threw his arms around her and kissed her. The daughter said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your daughter.’ But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on her. Put a ring on her finger and sandals on her feet. Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. For this daughter of mine was dead and is alive again; she was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.”
The other day in my Bible study we were talking about how Jesus is the only way to God. Printed at the bottom of the notes page was a quote by R.C. Sproul that really shook me to my foundation. And I hope it does the same for you.
“In light of mankind’s universal rebellion against God, the issue is not why is there only one way to God, but why is there any way at all?”
Donald Trump says that he believes in God, but that he doesn’t need Him to get where he wants to go. I say that he doesn’t really believe in God then. Believing in God isn’t just about believing in His existence, it’s about believing that His presence is a necessity in your life.