The story of the Prodigal Son is one that most of us are pretty familiar with. Found in Luke 15, the parable tells of a son who demands his father for the inheritance that he is due at his father's death. The son takes it, leaves, squanders his wealth, falls into famine and poverty, and eventually decides to return to his father as a hired hand. And it is at this point in the story, the moment when the son decides to return home, that Pastor Ben jumps in with his always-awesome commentary and teaching.
In the slavery of our secrets, we too squander our living. We too fall into famine and poverty. We too find ourselves in isolation because of our secrets and our inability to share them with anyone else. And Pastor Ben claims that we too come to a point where all we can do is "come to our senses". Pastor Ben likens humans to mini-Titanics: we all think that we're unsinkable and that we can crash into our secrets head first without any damage. But what we fail to realize is that our secrets are the icebergs to our Titanic; they look small and seem maneuverable, but under the surface they are bigger and more destructive than even the real Titanic could handle.
More than that, Pastor Ben expounds on the idea of compartmentalizing. Just like the Titanic, we think that we can hit an iceberg, take on a little bit of water, and just shut off the compartment that underwent the most damage. But in the world of secrets, even shutting off a compartment can't stop our ship from sinking.
However, understanding that we can't keep secrets isn't the end of the story. After the prodigal son came to his senses and decided to go home, the Bible says that "when he was still a long way off, his father saw him…and ran out to him" (Luke 15:20). We don't have to be afraid of how God is going to react to our secrets. He sees us before we can even apologize, and He runs to bring us back into His kingdom before we can even do anything to earn His love. Because the truth of the matter is that we CAN'T earn it, and He never even wants us to try.
More than just accepting His grace and love though, God wants us to be able to extend it to others. After the father welcomes the prodigal son back home and throws a feast for him, the eldest son expresses his disdain for the way that his brother has been taken back in after all of the evil he did while he was away.
In isolating his brother and pulling back from the celebration, the older brother becomes the one who is truly missing out on the father's love and grace. But even when we act just like the older brother, Pastor Ben explains that God still runs after us; he still pursues the "judgy-pants". He holds us and welcomes us into His kingdom just as He welcomes those who were once lost, and He expects us to remain in unity with our brothers, because we are all in the same boat…we're all mini-Titanics.