the Second Downward Steps of the Fool

Luke 15:
11 Jesus went on to say,
"There was once a man who had two sons.
12 The younger one said to him,
'Father, give me my share of the property now.'
So the man divided his property between his two sons.
13 After a few days the younger son sold his part of the property and left home with the money.
He went to a country far away, where he wasted his money in reckless living.
14 He spent everything he had. Then a severe famine spread over that country, and he was left without a thing.
15 So he went to work for one of the citizens of that country, who sent him out to his farm to take care of the pigs.
16 He wished he could fill himself with the bean pods the pigs ate, but no one gave him anything to eat.    (Good News Bible)

All of us begin life like this young man. You were born full of God-given wealth. Your wealth consists firstly of being created in God's image. This means that you are
of great worth to God and also
that you have a calling from God on your life.
If you don't submit your God-given wealth to God you may end up like this young man:

taking the Second Downward Steps of the Fool:

7. Reckless living (v 13) - he had no problem squandering his personal worth through indulging in parties and prostitutes
8. Spent all the money (v 14) - he had lost sight of the future and had no plan or thought about what came next
9. Severe famine came (v 14) - this happens when everything worthwhile is finished and you look around to see who is around so you can borrow some personal worth and value in God, in order to survive

10. Work with no pay (v 15) - time only for pigs; poverty time: come-to-reality time and think-about-the-future time
11. Left without anything (v 16) - empty on the inside and destitute of hope in self, or others or God
12. No one gave him anything (v 16) - no loving people in his life who could remind him of his personal worth and value in God.

Loving Father,
I had not realised the extent of my personal wealth in Your eyes.
Thank You for creating me in YOUR image.
Thank You that this means that I am
of great worth to You and also
that I have a godly calling on my life.
Lord Jesus Christ, today I submit myself, my personal worth and my calling into Your hands.
Direct my path in life, so I fulfill Your purpose for me, just like You fulfilled Your purpose in God.
Thank You Lord for giving me this privilege.
I love You, Lord Jesus, Amen.

See you tomorrow, God willing,
so we can continue knowing the Lord together!
Meanwhile, have a great day walking with the Lord!

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