"I am the way and the truth and the life"
Prodigal: spending money or resources freely and recklessly. How often this describes us! Sometimes we are like the prodigal son when we go to the mall: spending on whatever catches our eye. How well do we budget our time, money, and talents? Admit it. You didn't need to spend an hour on Facebook today.
We don't always invest in what's best for ourselves because we get so easily distracted. A car is simply meant to get us from point A to point B... BUT LOOK AT THAT BMW! I MUST HAVE IT! Our materialistic culture guides our decision making process more than we care to admit. We lose sight of the IMPORTANT things that we need to invest in.
Jesus made no such mistake. It's interesting that we really don't see much of his yearly budget, but of course he had one, right? I mean the guy traveled all across Israel constantly. He wasn't always conjuring up 5,000 loaves. I guess the point I'm trying to make is that money served a specific purpose for him: fulfilling his mission in life. Jesus wasn't known for wearing the nicest clothes and riding the most expensive donkeys. He did invest in some nice things, such as comfortable Last Supper arrangements, but it always served a purpose.
Even youth groups can get caught up in having the nicest facility, serving amazing food, having the most members. Trust me, I would know :). But we have to remember the bigger purpose of why we're doing things.
As a resolution, let's imitate the example of our Lord and strive for more purpose in the way we budget our resources.