He Is Found!

“But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.” (Luke 15:32, NIV)

Throughout His life, Jesus built relationships. From the woman at the well to the thief on the cross, Jesus was attentive to relationships. He sought every opportunity to connect with people along the way.

Perhaps the most heartwarming parable that Jesus told was about a relationship between a father and his prodigal son. In this parable, told in Luke 15:11-32, the son decided to take his inheritance and leave his father for a life of self-fulfillment. He went out, squandered his wealth, and soon found himself left with nothing.

Hungry and alone, he decided to return to his father’s house in the hopes his father would take him back as a servant. When the father saw his son coming back, he ran toward him and embraced him. “This son of mine was dead and is alive again,” he proclaimed. “He was lost and now is found” (Luke 15:24, NIV).

A few years ago, a friend of mine borrowed a significant amount of money from his father. He needed money to make an investment.

A few months later, something came up which kept him from collecting on his investment. He wasn’t able to repay his father. The true severity of the situation didn’t hit until some time later when he finally heard from his father again. “I knew there was a problem weeks ago,” his father told my friend, “why did you stop calling me?”

His heart sank as he realized that in the midst of his work – even toward what he thought was a worthwhile goal – he had let his relationship with his father fall apart. More troubling was that he had lost focus on what was really important. This was especially painful to realize because it was his father’s backing that could have enabled a wonderful blessing to occur in the first place. Like the parable of the prodigal son, his father was far more concerned about their relationship than about the money.

This experience taught my friend and me a great deal about how the Lord values our relationship with Him. Even though we may pursue worthy and worthwhile goals, what God really cares about is our personal connection with Him. He loves us for who we are, not for anything we could hope to achieve in this life.

Spend time developing your relationship with the Lord this Monday. Enjoy your day, “Working for Christ”!

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One Comment on “He Is Found!”

  1. Great lesson!!! Thanks for taking the time the put it together. 🙂


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