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After he had spent everything, a severe famine struck that country, and he had nothing. Then he went to work for one of the citizens of that country, who sent him into his fields to feed pigs. He longed to eat his fill from the carob pods the pigs were eating, but no one would give him any.

Luke 15:14-16

It is interesting who we become when we have spent what we thought we were. When we have nothing that the world says makes you who you are, who do we become? Are we also nothing because we have nothing? What we long for usually meets the level of how much we can manipulate circumstances to meet our desires. The younger brother was not different than you and me. He saw what he could have and he took what he thought was rightfully his. Take it. Take it. Take it. If you can have it. Take it. That’s the currency of our day. That’s the measure of our success. How much can you take and get away with it?

Well, the young man found the bottom of what he could take. He discovered that there is an end of what the flesh can achieve. Self has a dead end. If our path is selfishness, we will eventually discover the land of nothing and begin to look for the food of the pigs. If we haven’t reached this place literally, how often have we lived off this kind of diet spiritually? If we were to assess our current diet for our spirit, what we find out?

We blame Father God for our spiritual numbness, we blame others for how we don’t sense the love of the Father—but where is our own repentance for the way we live spiritually? You and I need to come to our senses. If we are living a life of take, life will take us somewhere we never intended to go. The Father never wanted His kids wallowing in the mud of pigs when every night he has prepared a table of goodness for each of us.

If we have been living in the country of nothing, I pray today would be serious turn around—a waking up and coming alive to all that the Father has waiting for us. The world offers us pods when the Father has a feast of hope in store for us. If there are any areas in our lives where this applies to us—such as the lack of word of God, prayer, worship, love of others, service in the church, generosity, kindness and the list goes on—may we have the courage to realize and begin our journey back home to the place of provision and identity in the Father. You were made for more. Humans were not made for pig’s food. It is time to rise out of the mud of this world back to the table of our King and Father. We are worth more than what we can spend; we are worth more than this world can offer us. 

Who you are is a gift from the Father.

// Pastor Josh Kelsey