Only 10% of an iceberg is visible above the surface. We enter a time in our series, A Higher Standard, where Jesus presents six statements that are far deeper than they initially appear; we don’t want to miss the higher standards to which He is calling us. In this passage, we learn that people are the very image bearers of God, and our response to conflict should reflect that Kingdom perspective. Kingdom people are people of reconciliation. We should be pursuing forgiveness of others, striving towards love, and bearing one another’s burdens.
Have you ever felt lost or abandoned? Scripture shows us that we are all helpless and lost because of sin. But God, in His great mercy, finds us in our sin and provides a way to take bring us back home. This passage in Luke shows us three incredible realities of God’s work for our salvation: God’s initiative to save us, humanity’s unbelievable value to its Creator, and heavenly rejoicing when we are found. You matter to God.
We are loved far more by God than we ever realize. This passage in Luke about the Prodigal Son teaches us three incredible points about salvation and God’s love for us: God’s love is exceptional; God’s love is extravagant; and God’s love is enduring. When we wander, the moment we turn back to God, He will always take us back. It doesn’t matter how long or how far we’ve wander. The same extravagant love of God that we see in the parable of the Prodigal Son is the same love given to us. You cannot lose God’s love, and you cannot earn God’s love; it’s something that you can only receive.