Luke 15:13 says, “Not many days later, the younger son gathered all he had and took a journey into a far country, and there he squandered his property in reckless living.”
Look how quick he was to leave his father. He was so intoxicated with his new resources. He was eager to live recklessly.
The younger son collected his property. If he had received any flocks or grain, he sold them for money. And as soon as all of this had been arranged, he left his father’s house.
Verse 13 tells us that it was “into a far country“. It was far from his father’s house, far from his father. His father was not at all in his thoughts. Maybe he had gone to seek his fortune, and in his wanderings ended up in this place where he spent all of his money. It says that “he squandered his property” (v13).
On what? “Reckless living” (v13). Literally, this means “living without saving anything”. He lived extravagantly and with disreputable company. As we’ll see in verse 30, some of it was prostitution, one of the best ways in the world to ruin a man. By his wandering away in this parable, we may learn that the sinner wanders far away from God, that they fall away into bad company, that they are quickly and easily destroyed.
Before we were saved, Christian, this is what we were doing. We were taking all of the common grace that was given to us, food, clothes, shelter, money, etc., and squandering it, living recklessly. We were only living to satisfy the desires of our flesh. Furthermore, we were running away from God as eagerly and quickly as we could. We didn’t want a Holy God to hold us accountable for our actions.
It’s important to understand this in order to understand grace. It’s not as if we got a B+ in the class and the professor bumped us up to an A. On the contrary, we turned in nothing. We never showed up to class. In fact, we did everything that we could to get the lowest grade possible, and we loved it. We, in no way, earned the slightest bit of favor from the sinless creator of the universe, and yet He sent His Son to die for us. He reached out to us, we who were running as hard and as fast as we could away from Him. Praise the Lord!