hello blog buddies. i hope you are having a fantastic week! tonight my church finished a book club with the featured book entitled, “The Prodigal God” by Timothy Keller. this book drilled to the core of the parable in the Bible about the prodigal son. the book heavily focused not on the wild n’ out son who left and returned to the father, but yet the elder brother who worked diligently for the father (or as he put it, “slaving for you and never disobeying you.”). the author revealed that the elder son was just as lost as the prodigal, which blew me away! i encourage you to read Luke 15:1-3, 11-32 if you need a refresher on the parable. there were some things that spoke to me while reading this book that i’d like to share.
starting this book, i automatically had the assumption, “i’m definitely the younger, prodigal son.” i knew what it was to have a wild n’ out moment, yet return to the loving Father, full of grace. i knew what it was like to feel looked down upon by the haughty church-goers/”pharisees”. but the Holy Spirit checked me like CRAZY as i continued to read. i found myself becoming an elder brother as well. you see, Jesus spoke this parable to both tax collectors (sinners) and pharisees (the country club christians whose crap doesn’t stink). while reading this book, i became aware of some other people’s shortcomings and thought to myself, “i could really be a pharisee right now and judge them, but instead i’m gonna cover them with grace.” it was a true wake up call for me.
another thing that spoke to me was the reminder that God is the source of everything. one of my favorite verses i live by is Matthew 6:33 “Seek ye FIRST the kingdom of God, and His righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you.” the elder brother had every thing he could ask for. he kept the rules, but did he have a relationship? that is what it came down to. he did all the right things for the stuff, not for the love of the father. the elder brother was just as lost as the pig-slopping prodigal son. this became a reminder as i continue to seek God for my career and calling – i go to to Him first and foremost because of my love and devotion to Him. in all of that, the Source of everything will provide my career and calling!
i encourage you to read this book and receive insight. i love the discussion of the importance of the feast from the difference between religion and radical love. it’s all good! check it out!
i hope you all have a great weekend. and check back here for more blog posts soon! thanks for reading.
– tony // @AsToldByTony