The parable of the prodigal son is one of my favorite parables that Jesus left with us and I know I’m not the only one. A big reason why it is so beloved is because we can easily relate with each son (not that that’s a good thing).
Many of us can relate to the prodigal son as a child of God who has been given an eternal inheritance by our good Heavenly Father but instead of living inside of his security, we rebel from His love and protection to live for the world. Of course, like the prodigal, the world uses us, abuses us and leaves us at an all time low and when we finally come to our senses on what we had (basically repent from our conviction of sin and cosmic treason) we turn back to our Father in humility and He is waiting for us in the road to his house with arms wide open, no questions asked celebrating our return back to Him.
Or we can relate to the jealous brother of the prodigal son. The guy who felt like they followed all of the Father’s rules, didn’t run off into the world and doesn’t think that the Christians who did deserve a second chance and celebration when they return back home. It’s so easy for us to become judgmental and self righteous concerning other people’s backsliding and this should really hit home in how we respond when they do repent and are given grace by God and celebrated in the church.
Which character have you related to at certain times in the past and are there any “prodigals” that you need to pray for?
By: Erik Koliser — West Campus Pastor