the First Downward Steps of the Fool

Luke 15:
11 Jesus went on to say,
"There was once a man who had two sons.
12 The younger one said to him, 'Father, give me my share of the property now.'
So the man divided his property between his two sons.
13 After a few days the younger son sold his part of the property and left home with the money. He went to a country far away, where he wasted his money in reckless living.
14 He spent everything he had. Then a severe famine spread over that country, and he was left without a thing.
15 So he went to work for one of the citizens of that country, who sent him out to his farm to take care of the pigs.
16 He wished he could fill himself with the bean pods the pigs ate, but no one gave him anything to eat.    (Good News Bible)

All of us begin life like this young man. You were born full of God-given wealth. Your wealth consists firstly of being created in God's image. This means that you are
of great worth to God and also
that you have a calling from God on your life.
If you don't submit your God-given wealth to God you may end up like this young man:

taking the First Downward Steps of the Fool:

1. Give me my freedom now (v 12) - even though I'm not yet mature enough to handle my life successfully. Sounds very much like the nations of the earth planning their revolt against God in Psalm 2: 3 "let us throw off all godly restraint."
2. Sold his inheritance (v 13) - only money is of value to the young man - too immature to understand who he was called to be in God's earthly purpose.
3. Left home (v 13) - left behind the people who saw his real value as a human being, and how God had in mind to develop him into a blessing to those around him

4. Took his money (v 13) - true inheritance - the reason why he was born into the world - reduced to mere money
5. Went to a far country (v 13) - a place where he could forget about his God-given calling and lose himself in "fun"
6. Wasted his money (v 13) - because fun and enjoying himself was now his purpose in life, he was really wasting his potential and worth to God

Loving Father,
I had not realised the extent of my personal wealth in Your eyes.
Thank You for creating me in YOUR image.
Thank You that this means that I am
of great worth to You and also
that I have a godly calling on my life.
Lord Jesus Christ, today I submit myself, my personal worth and my calling into Your hands.
Direct my path in life, so I fulfill Your purpose for me, just like You fulfilled Your purpose in God.
Thank You Lord for giving me this privilege.
I love You, Lord Jesus,    Amen.

See you tomorrow, God willing,
so we can continue knowing the Lord together!
Meanwhile, have a great day walking with the Lord!

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