Going prodigal.

Luke 15:11-32: The prodigal son story. We all know it. Young man decides he wants his inheritance, goes off to a distant land and wastes it with prodigal living. Prodigal actually means recklessly wasteful and extravagant. Different translations say, “Squandered on wild, riotous, foolish, loose living”. The older brother even recounts the story later of the younger partying with prostitutes!

Personally, I’ve only heard two or maybe three spins on this…

The loving Father accepts the backslidden son after misusing his trust account, receiving him with open arms and giving him full access to his life and possessions. What once was lost now is found, fully restored; sins blotted out and restoration complete to the humbled, repentant son realizing the errors of his ways.
Another take is the disgruntled brother not understanding the foolish brother’s reward for his wasteful lifestyle, and the Father
saying to the older brother, “Son, you are with me always, and all that I have is yours.” Instead of Christians judging others and the ‘rewards’ of the Father; realizing that all that He has is ours and we must simply ask Him for our needs AND the benefits, blessings and enjoyment of the Kingdom is ours. Wow, what a concept…

But I have been following a different thought lately. Chewing on it. Meditating, speaking, muttering, uttering, even imagining.

What would we do if we were handed our inheritance? All the resources we need to fulfill our destinies?

Would we go prodigal? Initiate a riotous lifestyle? Recklessly extravagant living?
Ministry friends of mine believe God said to them that He won’t give His resources to anyone who doesn’t have a plan.
But will we be faithful when we have His resources?

Revelation 17:14b … and those who are with Him are called, chosen and faithful.

1 Corinthians 4:2 Moreover it is required in stewards ( managers, superintendents, head of household, metaphorically: apostles, christian teachers, bishops and overseers) that they be found faithful [believing, confiding, trusting].

All judgment aside, this is a serious responsibility He’s left to our care.

Over six billion people on planet earth that we are to continue to share the good news with and lead to eternity.


~ by unisonharvest on March 12, 2009.

One Response to “Going prodigal.”

  1. I too have pondered this story as well, and compare it to that train of thought that once saved always saved. But this story depicts the Father waiting for the return of His prodigal son (family that made a decision out side of the will of the Father)who ventured to follow his own way until all was lost. The Father never gave up hoping for his son’s return but at the same time He did not venture out after him. It wasn’t until the son returned to the Father that he received the ring, the robe and riches that were his all along. The son had to make the decision to return to the Father to receive all that the Father had for him. Would he have received the reward while wasting the Father’s resources in the world? I think not……..

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