The Parable of the Lost Son

Most of us are familiar with the parable of the prodigal son. We know that a man had two sons, the younger of which asked his father for his inheritance, took everything he had and left for a distant country where he squandered it all in foolish living. We know that a severe famine struck that country after he had spent everything, so he found himself feeding pigs for a living, and actually envying the pigs he fed! We know that he finally came to his senses and decided that it would be better for him to go back to his father and work as a hired hand than to stay where he was and starve to death. We know that he went to his father and repented, and his father gave him a royal welcome when he returned, killing the fattened calf to celebrate because his son who had been lost was found.

1Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons. 12The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them.
13“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. 14After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. 15So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. 16He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything.

17“When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired men have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! 18I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. 19I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired men.’ 20So he got up and went to his father.
“But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.

21“The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.[b]

22“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. 23Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. 24For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.  Luke 15:11-24

How many of us have been like the lost son?  We have gone off on our own ways, thinking we know it all and want all life has to offer us and we want it right now.  Only to find out later we squandered what we had because of “wild living” and are now “in need”.  So many of us are lost nowadays and are in need but we don’t know the way back home.  We let our pride control us and live in fear, and we only trust people that are close to us.

Do you have the faith to say, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you.  I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired men”?  We don’t have to be lost and in need if we can trust in Jesus.   Turn your life over to Jesus,  for you was dead and is alive again; you were lost and is found.  Don’t let pride rule your life, it’s not easy humbling yourself but Jesus knows your heart and is waiting for your return with open arms.

May God bless you.

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