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READ  Luke 15:11–13 (NIV)

A man had two sons. The younger of them said to his father, “Father, give me the share of the estate that falls to me.” … And not many days later, [he] went on a journey into a distant country, and there he squandered his estate with loose living.                   


To drive home the truth that God loves lost people, Jesus tells a third, climactic parable in Luke 15. It is the story of a lost son. This parable is told in four acts. Act one deals with the rebellion against the father. 

You know, it’s ironic that this son left his father in search for freedom only to end up in bondage to the lust of his flesh. Have you ever run away from God? I know I have, too many times to count. Yet God is patient and waiting for our return.

Where have you turned from the Father? Is it time to come back to him?

Father, we have wasted ourselves chasing frivolous things. At times we discover our pursuit is fruitless and other times we aren’t aware of the trap of it’s success. Help us to see our rebellion and sin the way you see it and return to you.