Realizing what you have lost

Luke Bible Background

New Testament: Luke 15.17

To read the Bible in a year, read Luke 15.11–32 on April 16, In the year of our Lord Christ 2020

By Don Ruhl

Do you know the parable of the prodigal son? A younger son wanted his inheritance before his father died, and his father gave it. The son left and led a wild life, losing everything. He eventually had to find work feeding pigs and he became so hungry that he wanted to eat the food that he fed the pigs. Then it hit him:

“But when he came to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!’”

– Luke 15.17

Unfortunately, that is often what it takes before a person turns around and returns to the Lord, which is partly what Jesus showed in this parable. People have to think about what they have done with their lives and they have to think on what they left behind. We can reason with them all we want, but our words often fall on closed ears. Then the loss of all that they cherish has a way of hitting them that our words could never do.


  • Have you ever been prodigal, going away from the Father?
  • What brought you back?

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