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The Story of a Father's Wasted Love

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설교일 : 2017.10.15.
설교자 : Rev. Kwon
본문말씀 : Luke 15:11-24

October 15, 2017

 

The Story of a Father’s Wasted Love

Luke 15:11-24

 

Rev. Tae Hong Kwon’s Sermon at the KUMC of Metro Detroit

 

 

Hallelujah!

I pray in the name of Jesus Christ that the great love of God and His abundant grace and overflowing blessings be bestowed upon all of you, your home and your children.

 

Let us greet the person sitting next to us with these words; “I am very happy to be here with you.” Now, this time with a big smile on your face, say these words; “I will be here with you until the end.”

 

Let us read together the title of today’s sermon, ‘The Story of a Father’s Wasted Love’, which is the love story of the prodigal son’s father.

 

We are all very familiar with today’s passage and this is generally known as the Parable of the Prodigal Son. ‘Prodigal’means recklessly wasteful, so the prodigal son is the wasteful son. In today’s passage two characters make entrance; character 1 – Father, character 2 – the second son.

 

There was a wealthy man who had two sons. The first one was an exemplary son, but the second son was a problem child. In their society, quite like the custom of today, the sons inherited their deceased father’s possessions. But the problem in today’s passage is that their father was not deceased yet. The second son demanded to have his share of the future inheritance, and his father divided his property between the two sons.

 

Luke 15:13  “Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living.”

 

There were three things this second son did.

 

The first thing he did was he gathered together all he had.

He was determined to get as much from his father as possible, and he didn’t want to leave anything behind.

 

The second thing he did was he set off for a distant country.

He didn’t care about his father’s feelings. He just wanted to go where he desired to go with all the money he gathered. The son was very excited about leaving and he didn’t feel bad about leaving his father at all.

 

The third thing he did was he squandered his wealth there.

In a distant country, nobody stopped him from doing anything, and he had plenty of money which he had gotten from his father. He began to squander his wealth on all the things he wanted to have and also in wild living.

 

He began to squander his money first, then his time, and then his strength, and finally he wasted his whole life. All of us try our best not to waste our resources and to reduce unnecessary expenses at home and at work.

 

But this prodigal son wasted his money, and then his time in living wildly. All of us are allowed the same amount of time in life, but depending on how we spend our time, each of our lives will take a complete different path.

 

The time given to us should not be wasted, but be used efficiently and effectively. How are we spending our time? Let us reflect upon the time we have spent during the past week. Do you have any regrets about the way you spent your time last week? Many people talk about how we waste our time, and I want to share what Coach Ferguson of Manchester United soccer team said; ‘Twitter’ is a waste of time in your life.

 

Do you agree with him that the social media is a waste of time in our lives? It may not be easy for you to agree with him.

 

The reason is that we are spending so much time a day to check on our accounts on Facebook, Instagram, Kakaotalk, and to post our new stories on them.

 

According to a survey done with 2,333 young women in Korea, a woman in her 20’s on average spends 93 minutes a day on social media. That means almost a month of time is being wasted on social media.

 

Our time is not the only thing we are wasting. Some are wasteful with food, some are wasting their physical strength, while others are wasting their God-given talents. We also squander our God-given potentials instead of developing or growing them. Many times we waste our emotions unnecessarily in our lives.

 

Therefore, when we hear about this prodigal son and his actions, he seems familiar to us, as we recognize ourselves in him. Now, how long can his squandering go on?

 

Luke 15:14  After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need.

 

Now, he ran out of money, so he went and got a job of feeding pigs.

 

Luke 15:16  He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything.

 

We see him coming to his senses and sighing, “And here I am starving to death!” (Luke 15:17)

 

We remember him as the one selfishly grabbing as much money as possible from his father and happily running away from him to a place as far away as possible, then spending money lavishly on everything his heart desired, and now here he is almost starving to death, lonely and full of despair and disappointments.

 

But, we should also pay attention to another angle of this story told by Lord Jesus, and meditate upon the sad situation of the father’s wasted life.

 

He watched his second son leaving him after gathering all his money, without even saying goodbye to his father.

 

The son wastes everything for himself, but the father wastes everything for his son. The father spent a lot of time trying to locate his son, longing for him, and crying for him. He was willing to do anything to find his son.

 

The father has wasted so much time, emotions and love for his son, so this is the story of his wasted love for his prodigal son. Here Lord Jesus is telling all of us about the father’s love.

 

During His ministry on earth, Lord Jesus worked with His disciples and healed many patients. But the greatest and most important work He did was to come down to us and let us learn about the love of God in heaven, who is omniscient and omnipotent and the Creator of all, for us.

 

For the humans it was impossible to get to know the Almighty God personally, but Lord Jesus came down to earth and taught the good news about the great love of Father in heaven for us. He even taught us how to pray to the Father.

 

Matthew 6:9  “This, then, is how you should pray: ‘Our father in heaven, hallowed be your name.”

 

Lord Jesus said we should pray to ‘our father in heaven’. Then, what is the love of our Father like? The fatherly love of God in heaven is shown very clearly in today’s passage.

 

Luke 15:20  So he 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 second son squandered his wealth in wild living and wasted his time and life. Now he was so in despair that he didn’t have enough strength to go on. But ‘he got up and went to his father’ with heavy heart and heavy steps.

 

He was walking with heavy steps toward his home, just the opposite of his joyful steps when he was setting off with all his money.

 

But, there was someone looking out for him from a long distance away, and that was his father. Here we recognize the father’s great love for his younger son.

 

Luke 15:20  So he 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.”

 

First, the father’s love was filled with hopefulness.

 

The father was looking forward to seeing his second son again. He was waiting for him every day with love and conviction, and he saw his son while he was still a long way off.

 

While he was still a long way off, his father recognized him right away, because he had been waiting for him and longing for him. His was the ‘hopeful love’, eagerly looking forward to seeing his son again.

 

The father was watching his son when he was leaving, when he was squandering all his money, when he was in despair and in need, and when he was almost starving to death.

 

He was watching with ‘hopeful love’ when his son was hesitating to come home. His hopeful love for his prodigal son is what our Father in heaven has for us, His children.

 

Even when we squander our wealth, our time, our emotions and our life, and when we are filled with regrets, despair and disappointments, the eyes of our Father in heaven are focused on us and watching us.

 

Luke 15:20  So he 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.”

 

Second, the father’s love was filled with mercifulness.

 

The father felt compassion for him. He didn’t criticize him for squandering everything. He didn’t demand an explanation from his son who was already in despair over his failures and disappointments.

 

We have this tendency to argue with anyone including our beloveds about any trivial things which we do not find agreeable, at home and at church and everywhere.

 

We like to argue even with God. Why are you mistreating me who has done nothing but worshiping you and praying to you at church? Why did you allow my son to fail in the test? Why doesn’t my daughter find a husband? God, you are not being fair!

 

Why do we like to argue? It is because we want to let our frustrations out in order to feel relieved or satisfied. But the Bible tells us not to engage in arguments.

 

Philippians 2:14  “Do everything without complaining or arguing.”

 

In the next verse, Apostle Paul says, “so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault” (2:15)

 

When we argue, we will definitely complain or argue, and we will be committing sins, and the wages of sin is death.

 

In other words, the moment we start to argue, we are risking our salvation.

 

We have to remember that there is no ‘arguing’ in merciful love. The father’s love for his prodigal son was a merciful love, so he didn’t start arguing with him.

 

Luke 15:20  So he 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.”

 

In the above passage, we notice that he ran to his son.

 

Third, the father’s love pushed him to run towards his son.

 

After seeing his son still far away, the father was filled with compassion for him, so he ran to his son. It was not his son who ran, but it was the father who ran to his son. While the son was walking with hesitating steps toward home, the father ran to him with joyful steps.

 

As soon as he saw his son, he ran to him without any hesitation. How old do you think this father was? He had two grown sons already and owned a lot of properties, so he must have been quite old. But he was running with all his strength toward his son and he didn’t stop at all.

 

My beloved congregation, I am wondering how you got to church this morning. Some of you came here with joyful hearts, while the others may have come with heavy hearts from frustrations and disappointments, and with hesitating steps. You may be so in despair that you may not be able to see where God is. How far is the distance between you and God?

 

In today’s passage, ‘the son was still a long way off’, when the father saw him. You may think God is far away, but that is only your assumption as ‘the son’. Even if He is far away and you cannot see Him clearly, He is running toward you.

 

Our Father in heaven is running toward you, for your sake. He gave His only Son Jesus Christ for us and by His death on the cross, God proved His fatherly love for us.

 

John 3:16  “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

 

Our Father in heaven is running toward us, so that we can have the eternal life. Please open your eyes to see Him, our Father, running toward you.

 

Luke 15:20  So he 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 father was filled with compassion for his son and he ran to him and threw his arms around him and kissed him.

 

Fourth, the father’s love was shown in his kisses.

 

The son was walking with heavy steps and tears in his eyes, when he saw his father right in front of him. He stopped and began to mumble some excuses or explanations, but the father just threw his arms around him and kissed him.

 

The father’s kisses meant his forgiveness of his son as well as his love for him. He had forgiven his son while waiting for his return.

 

The father’s love for his prodigal son is the love of our Father in heaven for us.

 

Whatever we have done in our lives, our Father is saying to us, “My son, it is all right. My daughter, it is all right.”

 

Our Father is watching us, filled with compassion for us. He runs to us with forgiving heart, and lovingly embraces us.

 

The father in today’s passage does more than forgiving of his prodigal son.

 

Luke 15:22  “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.’”

 

Out of his tattered clothes and getting into the best robe means a new life for him, and putting a ring on his finger means the restoration of his status as the son, and putting on new sandals on his feet means a new beginning for him as the son of his father.

 

My beloved congregation, the only thing we have to do is to return to our Father. When we do, our Father in heaven will embrace us in His arms and call us, “My beloved son,my beloved daughter

 

It may seem like God is wasting His fatherly love on us. But aren’t we expecting God to waste more love on us, more grace on us, and more blessings on us?

 

And aren’t we expecting Him to pay attention to us and our families constantly and to watch out for our jobs and workplaces always and to watch after our children carefully? We also expect Him to lead us to the right path, to peace and prosperity, with His overflowing love.

 

We want God to waste (bestow) more love, more mercy, more grace, and more blessings on us.

 

Then, what are you doing for God in return? Are you offering more devoted hours before God, more dedicated commitments to God, and more holy offerings to God?

 

Or, are you too attached to your time, your bodily comfort and your possessions to offer them to God? Are you like the second son who wanted to get hold of his inheritance in advance?

 

Are you obsessed with the cost reduction of your time and your wealth? We tend to insist that God should waste (bestow) His love, grace and blessings on us, but we are not eager to offer more of our time, our dedication and offerings to God.

 

Let us all stand up and offer our prayers to God promising Him more of ourselves, more of our commitments and more of our possessions. Then, let us go forward with our dedication and devotion!

 

Our closing hymn is “By the grace of my Lord, I am standing here today”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


   

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