There was once a farmer who had a goose that laid golden eggs. The only catch was, that goose only laid one each day. Now, we all know how that story went. The farmer decapitated the goose in the hope of finding the store of golden eggs, but instead of finding the store, he stopped his supply.

Now, that story is supposed to speak against greed and the folly of giving up long term stability for short term gain. And there is a similar story in the Bible.

“A man had two sons. The younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of the estate that will be mine.’ So the father divided the property between them. As soon as he could convert his share into cash, the younger son left home and went off to a distant country, where he squandered his money in reckless living.” Luke 15:11-13 [CJB]

Yes, the story of the prodigal. But more than a story of our Father’s unconditional forgiveness and the security of our salvation in Jesus, which you can read in the message, Jesus Waits For You, Come Home, this is also a lesson in stewardship, all two parts of it. Let us see why.

Firstly, Jesus wants us to realize that we should never seek to kill off the goose that is laying our golden eggs. Because, in actual fact, our Father is not the one that gets killed, it is us that is cutting ourselves off from His supply. Notice what the younger son said? He wanted the share that was going to be his anyway, so that he can spend it at his leisure. Now, that is not wrong. We are allowed to ask for the blessings that Jesus promised us. For indeed He said,

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!” Matthew 7:7-11

And He is good for His word for later He reminds us,

“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these will he do, because I go to My Father. And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.” John 14:12-14

This double guarantee shows us, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that the asking is not the problem. We can ask, we should ask. But it is what we do after we get our blessings that matter. To this end, I like The Message’s translation.

“The younger said to his father, ‘Father, I want right now what’s coming to me.’” Luke 15:12 [MSG]

He said it truer than he meant it for boy did he get what was coming to him; because once He got what he wanted, he left home, he left his father’s presence, he cut himself off his father’s supply.

And beloved, that is what we are essentially doing when we tell our Father, ‘just one more promotion’ or ‘just one more sale’ or ‘just one big windfall’ ‘and I can manage on my own’. Because that’s just it beloved, we don’t have to. We never have to manage on our own. Imagine how much more the younger son would have received if he had stayed in his father’s house? And that is how much we will be losing out on, if we try to go it alone. Stay in our Father’s house, stay in His presence. For we are assured by Jesus that,

“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.” John 14:1-3

And because of this, we can be confident that,

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.” 1 Peter 1:3-5

So what’s the point of leaving? All good things are in our Father’s house, and they are all there for us eternally.

But say we stray. Out of ignorance or sheer momentary insanity, we leave. What then? Then beloved, we should not do as the young man did.

“But after he had spent it all, a severe famine arose throughout that country, and he began to feel the pinch. So he went and attached himself to one of the citizens of that country, who sent him into his fields to feed pigs.” Luke 15:14-15 [CJB]

He relied on others. The Jewish Bible translates it as ‘attached himself’ and that is so true of us, is it not? When we are at our wit’s end, we attach ourselves to the first thing we can find. It may be a person, it may be a job, it may be a false belief. That is how cults and drug syndicates recruit, because when in trouble, we attach ourselves to the first thing we can find. So, what then, should we attach ourselves to? You want to attach yourself to a job, here the work our Father wants you to attach yourself to.

“Jesus replied, This is the work (service) that God asks of you: that you believe in the One Whom He has sent [that you cleave to, trust, rely on, and have faith in His Messenger].” John 6:29 [AMPC]


“I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, the person whose ears are open to My words [who listens to My message] and believes and trusts in and clings to and relies on Him Who sent Me has (possesses now) eternal life. And he does not come into judgment [does not incur sentence of judgment, will not come under condemnation], but he has already passed over out of death into life.” John 5:24 [AMPC]

So then, as “Jesus said, “Throw your lot in with the One that God has sent. That kind of a commitment gets you in on God’s works.”” John 6:29 [MSG]

Rely on Jesus.

So say we stay, is that all we have to do? Well, not quite. There is one more thing we have to do; that is to do exactly what the older brother did not do.

“Now his older son was in the field. As he came close to the house, he heard music and dancing. So he called one of the servants and asked, ‘What’s going on?’ The servant told him, ‘Your brother has come back, and your father has slaughtered the calf that was fattened up, because he has gotten him back safe and sound.’ But the older son became angry and refused to go inside.
So his father came out and pleaded with him. ‘Look,’ the son answered, ‘I have worked for you all these years, and I have never disobeyed your orders. But you have never even given me a young goat, so that I could celebrate with my friends. Yet this son of yours comes, who squandered your property with prostitutes, and for him you slaughter the fattened calf!’” Luke 15:25-30

What did the older brother not do? He did not enjoy. For remember, this is why our Father created us,

“Then God said, “Let us make humankind in our image, in the likeness of ourselves; and let them rule over the fish in the sea, the birds in the air, the animals, and over all the earth, and over every crawling creature that crawls on the earth.”” Genesis 1:26 [CJB]

We were made to rule, not slave. We were made to enjoy, not toil. That is why our Father called toiling a curse.

“In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread.” Genesis 3:19

So beloved, remember the words of Paul,

“He who did not spare His own son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him, also freely give us all things?” Romans 8:32

And stay in our Father’s house, there is no place better.

And if by chance you have been like the prodigal, my friend, do not worry. No matter how badly you think you have sinned, no matter how much you want to say to our Father,

“Father, I have sinned against Heaven and against you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son; treat me like one of your hired workers.” Luke 15:18-19 [CJB]

He will never hear of it and instead will say this,

“Quick, bring out a robe, the best one, and put it on him; and put a ring on his finger and shoes on his feet; and bring the calf that has been fattened up, and kill it. Let’s eat and have a celebration! For this son of mine was dead, but now he’s alive again! He was lost, but now he has been found!” Luke 15:22-24 [CJB]

So my friend, come boldly to our Father saying,

“Loving Father, I have sinned against Heaven and against You. I know I am not supposed to be worthy to be called Your son. But I also know that because Jesus died on the cross for me, He who knew no sin, became sin for me so that I may become the righteousness of You in Christ. I receive that redemption. I receive Jesus’ shed blood which gives me complete remission of sins, once and for all. Thank You Jesus for the new life which You have given me, that by Your death, I died to sin, and by Your rising, I rise to a new life in You. I come boldly into Your presence Father knowing that I am now pleasing in Your sight; and in Your presence I want to stay and on you I want to depend on for the rest of my days. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”

Beloved, welcome home.

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