After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything.
Like the prodigal son, many of us have taken our loving Father's treasures, ignored His Example and wasted them. We end up in a pig-pen, feeding swine...
With nothing worthwhile to show for our lives, since we've been spiritually starving. Multiply that problem by a nation, by a world, and here we are: depression.
Like the prodigal son, let's awaken and remember the kindness, forgiveness and endless resources of our Father: One Who delights in the prosperity of His servants. How much more His children?
For 'The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ' (Romans 8:16-17).
'So the prodigal got up and went to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him. The son said to him, 'Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.' '
'But the father said to his servants, 'Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let's have a feast and celebrate' '(Luke 15:20-23).
Let us turn back from selfish desires, return home (to God) and ask forgiveness. Let's seek only to become His servants. Then surely, we'll delight in amazement, as He hurries to meet us, kisses us, dresses us, feeds us, and gives us His Seal with the keys to His eternal Kingdom.
The journey back to Him may be humbling, but He then promises... exaltation.
We're meant for so much more than feeding pigs.
## Choosing Pigs Or Choosing God
NOTE: This is a 2021 update of a 2011 Carey Lewis Devotion. You may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' If you think you're not in show business, think again. Shakespeare said, 'All the world's a stage and all its men and women merely players. Mostly true. But you're not merely players. You are messengers and ambassadors for the King of kings.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Choosing Pigs Or Choosing God series.