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The Prodigal Son

02 Aug

Hello again!

This is what God gave me today in His word:

And he said, “There was a man who had two sons. And the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of property that is coming to me.’ And he divided his property between them. Not many days later, the younger son gathered all he had and took a journey into a far country, and there he squandered his property in reckless living. And when he had spent everything, a severe famine arose in that country, and he began to be in need. So he went and hired himself out to one of the citizens of that country, who sent him into his fields to feed pigs. And he was longing to be fed with the pods that the pigs ate, and no one gave him anything. (Luke 15:11-16)

The thing about inheritances, or as the son in the story called it, “The share of the property which is coming to me.” is that they are only given when the father is dead. So, for this son to ask for his inheritance early, was the equivalent of telling his father that he considered him to be dead. More than that though, when he was actually given his inheritance, he squandered it, followed by a term of feeding pigs. This poor person has scorned his father, and now is, in essence, living in a pig sty, starving to death. When we forget about the Father, bad things can happen. When we starve our Spiritual self through treating the Father as though He was non-existent, and instead long for junk that the World is feeding for them-self, there is really only one possible solution that can exist for us.-The very same solution which the man in the parable finds:

“But when he came to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have more than enough bread, but I perish here with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and I will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Treat me as one of your hired servants.”‘ And he arose and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet. And bring the fattened calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate. For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.’ And they began to celebrate. (Luke 15:17-24)

Running back, admitting that we’ve sinned, and begging for forgiveness. God will always forgive us! His son died for us; He will now never look on us, when we’re asking for forgiveness, and not forgive. He will always feed us with His word, and hold a celebration, when the lost son returns from the dead. And when we ask for forgiveness, that is exactly what happens to us.-We die with Christ on the cross, and come alive with Him in His Resurrection [Romans 6:2-5].

You are Loved!

Joshua Cleveland

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