Monday Reflection 10.18.2010
This weekend at TRC we dug into the familiar prodigal son parable and it is easy to focus on the the “wayward” younger son while reading through the story, but we see that the younger son wasn’t the only one that was “lost” per se. In fact, both sons were lost but just in different ways. It’s interesting how our selfishness and sinfulness can often manifest itself. Sometimes the manifestations are quite obvious but other times not so much; the motives of are hearts are hidden, ulterior. There are, “bad looking sins and good looking sins” aren’t there?
Thankfully, the focus here isn’t so much our insufficiency but rather the sufficiency and in fact the over abundance of the Father’s love and grace. It’s a story that’s more about the prodigal Father than his prodigal sons.
Love attracts, Selfishness repels. Love connects, Selfishness disconnects
Are we connected to the Father…are we connected and are we connecting others with and to His love?
The story of Jesus tells us that our root problem is not just failing in our obediance to God but in RELYING on our obedience to save us. Therefore, the gospel is a ‘third way’– neither religion NOR irreligion. The religious person may say, “I am doing the right things that God commands” and the irreligious person may say, “I decide what is right and wrong for myself.” But both ways reject Jesus as Savior (though they may revere Him as ‘Example’ or ‘Helper’). Both ways are strategies for self-salvation– both actually keep control of their own lives. – Tim Keller, The Prodigal God