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Do We Settle or Hunger and Thirst?

Jesus’ parable of the Prodigal Son, found in Luke 15:11–32, is about a young man who left his father and brother to explore the world on his own using his inheritance money. After wasting away his resources in foolishness, he found a place he could stay in exchange for feeding swine.

He would gladly have filled his stomach with the pods that the swine ate, and no one gave him anything. 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! I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you.’” (Luke 15:16-18)

When the Prodigal Son saw himself as merely needy, he settled for pig food; when he was perishing with hunger, he went to his father. As long as we see ourselves as just needy, we’re going to stay in the pig mud eating the world’s scraps. When we come to our senses and say, “I’m perishing with hunger! This world has nothing for me. Oh God, I will arise and go to You, because there is acceptance and satisfaction in Your house and in Your house alone,” we’ll hunger and thirst for God and be blessed.

We have to ask ourselves, “Have I ever learned to hunger and thirst for righteousness? Has that ever really happened to me?” Have you risen to go to your Father and been filled, or do you consider yourself merely needy and settle for that which doesn’t satisfy? This is a huge question that we have to ask and answer honestly.

I think most Christians don’t want too much and settle for too little. Most of us will settle for a good name and reputation. We’ll settle for a nice job, car, or home. We’ll settle for the niceties. The kingdom of God is much deeper and bigger than all of that. I don’t want to settle. I want to hunger. I want to thirst.

What about you? Do you settle or hunger for God’s presence and His blessing? Let me know your thoughts.

Steve Berger is Senior Pastor at Grace Chapel Leipers Fork, TN. He and his wife Sarah are the authors of Have Heart: Bridging the Gap between Heaven and Earth. Other resources from Steve Berger can be found in Grace Chapel’s resource center.

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