What Jesus Did! 'Better in My Father's House' — Luke 15:17-19

Monday, September 14, 2015

"The boy realized that he had been very foolish. He thought, 'All of my father's servants have plenty of food. But I am here, almost dead because I have nothing to eat. I will leave and go to my father. I will say to him: Father, I sinned against God and have done wrong to you. I am not good enough to be called your son. But let me be like one of your servants.'"
— Luke 15:17-19 NLT
Illustration of Luke 15:17-19 NLT —  He thought, 'All of my father's servants have plenty of food.

Key Thought

So often we forget all the many ways we are blessed in the family of God. The rebellious young son learned this the hard way; he lost everything he at one time had at home. Now, he had wasted his inheritance on top of everything. However, as much as he had lost, he came to a life-changing realization: a slave in his father's house has it better than he did with his freedom but away from the father. Oh that we would learn this and put it into practice.

Today's Prayer

Father, without your presence and your power, no matter where I am or what I'm doing, it will not be enough. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Psalm 84:10
  • Psalm 32:1-2
  • Psalm 64:10


About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.