“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.
– Luke 15.22
The son receives the best robe and a ring, replacing his worn out and threadbare clothes dirtied by working with the pigs.
There’s an interesting comparison here.
Earlier the Son went off and squandered his money on wild living. It would be a mistake to assume that he only spent it on food and alcohol, he may well have invested in a quality robe or two to maintain his impression of wealth.
As we know, the famine comes and everything changes.
The son went off to live a life of luxury, yet it fades away. Upon returning home he is dressed in the best robe, with a ring on his finger. The family, and the traditions and faith they represent, he ran away from turns out to actually be the source of the good things which he was aspiring to.
Sometimes we can look at the world and wonder if it would just be more… fun..? …to do our own thing. The question, though, is this: What is the underlying reason you feel that way? And when we know what that underlying reason is, how can we shift our focus from what the world offers, to what God offers?
It’s not necessarily a quick fix, but in the end our enduring satisfaction will be found by being in the family of the risen Lord.