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.
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.
Using the right tool, the wrong way, can hurt you. Money is a tool, and when used inline with Kingdom values, it leads to financial freedom. When its misused, you actually end up hurting yourself and others. In this passage from Luke, we learn that if we seek the Kingdom first, trust in God’s provision, surrender our possessions, and relocate our hearts, we’ll be on God’s path to financial freedom.