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A Lesson From The Prodigal Son
1/13/2016

“But his father said to the servants, ‘Quick! Bring the finest robe in the house and put it on him. Get a ring for his finger and sandals for his feet. And kill the calf we have been fattening. We must celebrate with a feast, for this son of mine was dead and has now returned to life. He was lost, but now he is found.’ So the party began." Luke 15:22-24 (NLT)

I’m sure you’ve heard the story of the prodigal son.  It is a story given by Jesus in the book of Luke, depicting a son leaving his family to go out into the world to live his life according to what he desired, rather than living it the way he knew was right. 

As the story goes, the son confronts his father and tells him “I want my share of your estate now before you die” (Luke 15:12).  His father gives it to him, and within a few days the young man is packed and off to a distant land.  Once there, he lived foolishly and sinfully until all of his money was squandered on wild living.

About this time, a famine broke out throughout the whole land and he began to starve.  He ended up persuading a local farmer to hire him, where he was sent out into the fields to feed the pigs.  He became so hungry, even the pods (the seeds of the carob tree used for pigs) looked good to him.  But no one gave him anything.

Finally, one day, he came to his senses, and he said to himself, “At home, even the hired servants have food enough to spare, and here I am dying of hunger!  I will go home to my father and say, ‘Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you.'" (Luke 15:17-19).

This story was shared by Jesus to illustrate the life of a Christian who turns away from what they know to be right, and they instead live carnally; seeking to live a life of pleasure.

There are basically three types of people in the world.

The Natural man is what we all were before we were saved.  He or she simply lived by the flesh, constantly seeking to fulfill it's desires.  They were enslaved to sin.

The Spiritual man is the one who has accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, and who now walks in the Spirit, abiding in God’s Word.  He will stumble and sin occasionally, but it is his or her desire to walk with God, and be right with Him.

The Carnal Man has been born again, but he lives in the energy of his own flesh.  He is not allowing the power of God given to him through the Holy Spirit to live a righteous life.  Instead he continues to allow his body to determine what he will do.  The Carnal Man can appear to be saintly and righteous, but he is miserable inside because he knows he can’t live up to the rules and regulations he has placed upon himself. 

As Christians, we will all be the prodigal at one point or another. Some of us will blow it big time, while others keep the appearance of righteousness, while playing in the mud.  Thankfully, God is merciful, and His grace is amazing.  All we have to do is do what the prodigal son did—decide to come home to a loving Father whose arms are open wide.

STUDY QUESTION: According to the parable given by Jesus in Luke 15:22-24, what is God’s reaction when we come back to Him?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are there areas in your life where you are still living in a prodigal way?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Choose to stay focused on God and His word instead of focusing on the cares and desires of this world.

MAKE THIS YOUR PRAYER TODAY:  Father, thank You for Your unfailing love, and for forgiving me.  Help me to see the enemy’s enticements for what they really are.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 

 


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