WPC Warm Up, July 14, 2014
Most of us are familiar with Jesus' famous story of the "Prodigal Son" (Luke 15:11–32). Prodigal means "recklessly extravagant" or "wasteful". By that definition some think this is about the "Prodigal Father" who lavishes mercy and forgiveness on his wayward son. Perhaps this is how the elder brother would entitle the story. He heard the party going on and thought, "what a waste of precious resources!" We've talked about all this many times. But I wonder, why did Jesus tell this story? Have we pulled the meanings He had in mind when He first told it? What if this is not only a story about personal turning points, but also about a pivot in history? On what ever level the turn comes when the young son "comes to himself". When have you had this experience? What happened? Is it happening now? Pay attention. Your "self" is as God created you and why. Make the turn.
Pastor Dick Thompson