Series: Short Stories
His Father Saw
July 12, 2020 | Mike Solorio
SHORT STORIES “His Father Saw”
SEEN vs UNSEEN
- Everybody that is human has a need to be seen
– we have to be careful when we are doing something – because if people are our audience, then they own and control our reward.
- the challenge of our lives is to make God our audience – making God the focus of our preaching and worship.
- People celebrate what they can see. The things people are most likely to celebrate is least likely to satisfy.
- Jesus tells us to do our acts of righteous so that you can’t be seen.
- It’s painful to feel invisible, especially when the people that mean the most to you in this world don’t notice you.
Mathew 6:1-4 (NIV) - “Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. 2“ So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 3 But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4 so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you."
- although the scripture uses an example of money, it’s more about motive!
- Jesus says your father sees what is done in secret. Your Father sees…the father saw!
- God is not speaking about punishment, He is speaking about reward.
CULTURE vs KINGDOM
- Jesus teaches that the difference between the citizens of His Kingdom and the people of this world - is that we have a Father.
- Not only do we have a Father, but he sees what is done in secret.
- When we move toward what culture celebrates, we move towards the same dysfunction that caused the culture.
- But we don’t belong to the culture we belong to the Kingdom!
- We do not belong to the value systems of this world – and we do not need validation from people – because we are validated by purpose!
- The devil will try to distract you and discourage you through social media and filtered posts.
- You can see the outward polished appearance of status - but you can’t see the presence of peace in their situation.
- Jesus often took a visible example and then presents an invisible reality – through a parable – and what he shows us is that the invisible is more real than the visible.
- In Jesus ’most famous parable, “The prodigal Son” he sets up a head fake – he does this by showing you how you come to love a person (that the kingdom welcomes) in a story of a person that you first hated (the lost son in this case).
Luke 15:11-12 Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons. 12 The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate. ’So he divided his property between them.”
- People will be good to you as long as you are good to them
- Have you arrived at a place in your life where people have stopped giving you the validation that you needed? God may be pointing you back to himself – for what we should never have depended on people for to begin with.
Luke 15:13-16 “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. 14 After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. 15 So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. 16 He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything.”
- When the son got to his low point, he came to his senses
- What people are most likely to celebrate is often what is least likely to satisfy!
- When we put our self-worth in the form of status – and when we lose that status - you lose your self-worth.
- The wrong appetites can never be satisfied!
Luke 15:17-19 “When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! 18 I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.’) He's writing a speech and practicing a speech that he’s never going to need. And he’s connecting his belonging to his behavior.
THE FATHER SAW
Luke 15:20 "While the son was a long way off, his father saw…"
- The father saw his son well before the son ever said a word. And even though the son looked like a slave, His father (filled with compassion) saw HIS SON!
- The father doesn’t see what was on the son - he saw what was IN the son
- Other people see what you show them - God sees what you hide. The father saw what was beneath the outward appearance of his lost son.
- The Father saw his son. And I want you to know that your father, your Heavenly Father sees you.
- The father sees you through the finished work of Jesus Christ!
- It’s the moments we feel least worthy that we need Him the most. It’s in our mess that He
- The Father has always seen you. The REAL you! He sees past Every filter and every “perfect post” and every made up story, and He sees you!
- Come home, not only to the Father who sees you but to the father who is right now…running towards you! Your Father saw!