Recently on the Live Original College Tour 2019, Sadie Robertson shared a powerful message with students at the University of Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi State. She shared from Luke 15:11-32 the story of the prodigal son. Comparing our generation to that son, in the sense that we already have all of the power and authority we need in Christ, and should not run away from it.
She spoke on knowing God. But how knowing can sometimes translate into us being “familiar” with God. Getting too comfortable with the terms like Holy Spirit, Jesus’ resurrection, John 3:16 can be dangerous if we already think we have attained all the knowledge God has to offer. Do not get familiar, we will never comprehend the great glory of God, and will always need more.
She challenged the students to not just “know” but to “realize” because in realizing there is fulfillment. We need to fulfill God’s commands. Somethings we know so well and do not truly understand how impactful they can be. We need to let the word of God sink in and penetrate the deep parts of our hearts and lives.
Sadie preached from the parable of the lost son, sharing how she recently read this scripture at a prison and the women wept because they had never heard this Bible story. Sadie recounts she wishes Christians didn’t know this story, or “think” they knew it so well so that God can work through that humility.
Sadie went on, explaining that there is a difference between filling the gap and fulfilling something. She challenged the students not just to fill the gaps or voids in their lives with partying, social media, sex. She brought identity in, and spoke purpose over the crowd just like the Father spoke over his son in the parable.
We have a birthright to the great promises of God. Just like in the prodigal son story, we can not run from the great inheritance God has given us. God is waiting to bring us back into the fold, wrap us up and grant us the purpose we had all along.
In Luke 15:20 the prodigal son 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.”