Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons. The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them. “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.” Luke 15:11-13 NIV
Some dogs are considered flight risks. They are runners and it can be dangerous for them in traffic or unknown areas. They are scared or sometimes just like to run and when in unfamiliar territory that could be the last you see your beloved pet.
Our dogs would probably be considered a flight risk. They always come back but they do like to escape for a little adventure. A squirrel can sidetrack them faster than you can yell stop. When the temptation has stopped pounding in their ears they wander home expecting a drink of cold water and some love.
Jesus tells the story of the prodigal son in Luke 15. The younger son is living in discontent with his family when the travel bug hits. He knows there are bigger and better things out there than what he can find at home. He asks his father for his share of his inheritance and off he goes like any other flight risk.
It is no surprise that the money doesn’t last forever. He hits rock bottom and is eating with the pigs. It finally occurs to him that he had it pretty good back at the old homestead and he sets out for home. Now he’s a runner but running in the right direction. He is heading towards his father to ask forgiveness.
His father sees him coming in the distance and goes to meet him. The son receives a royal welcome in addition to the forgiveness he so desired. He is reinstated to his rightful position as the father’s child and hopefully will be satisfied at home for the rest of his life. As the father’s heir, he has life in abundance.
We have an inheritance from our heavenly father but how often do we truly live the abundant life for which we are entitled? We have riches galore that can only come down from the father above but are we content? We run around in circles chasing something that gets our attention but doesn’t satisfy.
Are you a flight risk? Take an inventory of your many blessings. Find something to thank God for each day so the seeds of discontent are not taking root in your heart. If we are going to be considered runners, let’s make sure we are running in the right direction. Our father will be there waiting to give us forgiveness and a royal welcome.