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What We Can Learn From The Prodigal Son

It has to be one of the most familiar stories from the Bible.  We all can relate to it.  Movies have been based upon it.  Stories have been written about it.  A magazine has even taken its name from the title.

The Prodigal Son.

What we need to do is take a look at the story and see what it is that we can learn about our own lives.

Proposition.  The situations we find ourselves in much of our own doing.  The son in the story was not satisfied with the life his father gave him.  He  made a proposition to him to change his life.  We do much the same thing.  We have the blessing of life that the Lord has given, but we beg for something different each time we sin and choose to go our own way.

Philandering.  Once the son went his own way, his life deteriorated to a life of philandering.  He partied it up.  He lived a life as though the father and his former life did not exist.  Don’t we do that?  We turn our back on the life we know we should and continue to descend as we try to put mileage between it and where we are.  We don’t want to remember the good life we had.

Pressure.  The son found himself in a position where he had spent all he had.  He had not food.  He hired himself out to work in a pig pen to support himself.  We may not realize it , but we will find our ourselves in the same way spiritually when we turn away from our Father and His life.  We find ourselves living in the spiritual equivalent of a pig pen.

Pain.  The son came to senses.  He realized what he had given up and decided that he would go home to be a slave for his father.  It hurt him to admit it.  He had to swallow his pride to take that first step home.  It takes a some pain to begin the change toward a positive life.

Penalty.  Once the son arrived home, he confessed his sin against his father.  He admitted that he  was no longer worthy to be his son.  He accepted the perceived penalty he faced.  We  must do the same when we want to come back to the Father.

Party.  The father looked at the son.  His response was to put a robe and a ring on him.  He prepared a feast.  His son was put in a place of honor.  When the other son complained, he was told that his brother was alive again.  Our Father rejoices each time, any time we return to Him.

We are all prodigals.  That’s what we need to realize as we look at the prodigal and our own lives.

What have you learned from the prodigal son?

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  1. November 12, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    One thing I learned is that the Father didn’t go to the distant land to get him. I’m not sure if Jesus meant to say that God waits for us to come back but I think it’s significant. God seems to allow people to run away. Far away. He runs to meet you when you come back but He loves you enough to let you leave and not force you to stay.

    • November 12, 2013 at 2:31 pm

      Love that point, Rob. There is so much in that story, which is why so many mine a lot of gold from it.

  2. November 12, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    I have learned they are both me. Or is it I am both of them?

    • November 13, 2013 at 5:31 am

      Bill, I believe you’re right. We are all both of them.

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