Embracing a New Year
But his father said to the servants, “Hurry and bring the best clothes and put them on him. Give him a ring for his finger and sandals for his feet. Get the best calf and prepare it, so we can eat and celebrate. This son of mine was dead, but has now come back to life. He was lost and has now been found.” Luke 15:22-24 (CEV)
The son who squandered his inheritance is a story everyone can understand. A young man gets greedy and doesn’t want to wait for his share of Dad’s inheritance. After getting his half, he takes off for another country and wastes it all. When famine hits the land, he has nothing to eat. He winds up slinking back home with his proverbial tail tucked between his legs.
Sounds like something you’ve done in the past?
Many people know this as the story of the Prodigal Son. A prodigal is defined as a wasteful spendthrift. Have you spent so much on Christmas you will be facing a mountain of credit card bills?
Why not start the New Year with a new outlook? Lots of people want to lecture others about the dangers of wild living. But they miss the main point of this story, which Jesus told to a group of religious leaders (who were getting furious as he spoke). It was how this young man’s father—who symbolized Me—welcomed him home despite his foolishness.
You can’t undo the past.
After eating too much, drinking too much, or partying too much, many people promise to “do better,” “eat less” or “be more disciplined.” What they’re doing is trying to relieve their guilt, or are fantasizing that with a few simple steps they can undo a mountain of problems. If you start 2017 by spending more time talking with Me and reading My Word, you will be able to celebrate the new year instead of dreading it.
Catalyst for Spiritual Growth
1 – Read the full story of the Prodigal Son in Luke 15:11-32.
2 – What surprises you most about this story? What foolish things have you done in the past? How will you act to correct your mistakes?
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