Prodigal Son, Part 4: Back Where You Belong
It was natural for the prodigal son to leave his roots in pursuit of pleasure, prominence, and personal possessions. People have an innate inclination to achieve, acquire, and become "significant" in life. And we're naturally curious about hidden pleasures and forbidden secrets. Normal people are drawn to physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual stimulation. That's what triggers our growth.
But growth needs to be monitored and directed to maturity. It's natural and good to assume the reigns of life, but too often we leave the oven "half-baked". You were thrust into life ill-equipped and unprepared. We are descendants of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, but our ancestors strayed from a palace we can only read about. Relative to our rightful "home", we're living in a pig sty surrounded by filthy, greedy swine who aren't bothered by our presence as long as we conform to our wretched environment.
In Luke 15:20-24 the prodigal finally came to his senses. Admitting defeat, he looked out and saw his life as it had become. He cried until he remembered his roots. Then he took heart, swallowed his pride, and stood erect in the midst of the filthy pigs he had come to identify with. Rising above them, he saw the world outside the pen that quartered him was clean and bright. But he no longer had the resources on his own to survive it. He could leave the pit, but circumstances would draw him back. He resolved to go home.
There comes a point in each of our lives where we look up and realize we're living more like pigs than children of a great king. We could be cold and starving, or we may have accumulated the most corn and moved into the fanciest most spacious mud puddle. We might be the envy of every pig in the sty, but we're not where we belong.
You left because you wanted more. When you come to your senses you'll realize "more" was an illusion. Peace, joy, love, contentment, and plenty are waiting for you in abundance back at the Father's house. It's time to come home, child. Father's been waiting and watching for you.