Summer United: Significance, Satisfaction & Security
Wherever you are in your life today, Luke 15 will speak to your heart. The chapter starts with Jesus speaking to two distinctly different groups of people: sinners & tax collectors and religious people. They have all gathered to hear Him teach. Jesus teaches the three parables: The parable of the lost sheep, lost coin, and the lost son (Luke 15:4-32). Through these parables He answers the questions of significance, satisfaction and security.
#1.) Who am I?
This is our typical question of significance. Luke 15 teaches us we were created by a God with incredible value and purchased again after we were lost by a God who pursues us.
The three parables tell us we are significant and valuable. There is an owner that is looking for you!
Wherever you are in life, you matter to God more than you can ever know.
#2.) What will make me happy?
11 Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons. 12 The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate. ’So he divided his property between them. 13 “Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living. 14 After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. 15 So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. 16 He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything.
The younger brother in this parable is searching for satisfaction from rebellion. He is pursuing his own desires through breaking free from the rules. He soon comes to realize that he is investing his life into something that will never bring him satisfaction. The freedom he felt only lasted until trials came.
‘Look! All these years I’ve been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends.
The older brother is gets his satisfaction from keeping all of the rules. He has become religious in his work, doing it for himself to get satisfaction.
Satisfaction comes through relationship, not rebellion or religion.
#3.) What does it mean to know God?
17 “When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! 18 I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.’
20 So he got up and went to his father.“But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him. 21 “The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’
22 “But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. 23 Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. 24 For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.
The younger son had a moment of awareness, and he deals with his own brokenness and sin. He comes to the point of realizing he needs his father’s help. We all need to come to a revelation of needing our Father’s help.
Our father has a clear answer when we ask for forgiveness (Luke 15:20). When you ask God for help and come back to Him, He is overcome with emotion and extends grace. You don’t need to repay your debt to God. He has covered your wrongs with His grace.
The Father wants a relationship with you all the time.
#4.) What am I living for?
What is the motivation of our life? Is it my will or His will? Surrender means we exchange our motivations for His. Following God’s lead without knowing where he’s sending you; Waiting for God’s timing without knowing when it will come; Expecting a miracle without knowing how God will provide; Trusting God’s purpose without understanding the circumstances.
Instead of trying harder, we trust more.
The key to significance, satisfaction and security is surrendering to God’s will in your life.
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