Letters From God

Dove

Julie Andrews

 

The Prodigal Son

The prodigal son is a story of complete forgiveness on the Father's part. We get that. But the son's attitude of humility - do we get That?

 The son, when he realised his final living place - in amongst the pigs - didn't assume to come back to the Father's home as a son of prestige and privileged position. No he thought to return as a servant "even they, in my father's house, are better off then I am now".  He wasn't expecting to be elevated, he just wanted to be the least. It was the Father's choice to greet him as a son.

The returning son had an attitude of humility and acceptance of the consequences of his folly. He had softened his heart and that was why the Father elevated him to sonship again. If the returning son had come back demanding that the Father restore him to his former position then the story would have ended differently. It was the son's attitude of humility towards the Father that dictated the result.

Likewise with us. If we think that God will restore us everything to us "as of right" then we are mistaken. If we fall from His ways by choice, He will only restore us if we come with an attitude of humility and supplication. Accepting that we have sinned and fallen short of his glory. It is the Father's good pleasure and mercy that He restores us to Sonship.

And the son would be a very different person in his return and restoration than he had been before. His life's lesson would have irrevocably changed him. It would have morphed him into a new revelation and understanding. In fact he would have a depth of experience that the Older son, who had never "fallen" could not have.

The Older faithful son would never have realised the depths of deprivation that the Younger son had experienced. Remember he was jealous of the attention his Father paid the Younger, and his Father had to remind him that he had enjoyed the fullness of the inherence continually. The Older son needed to repent of his hardness of heart towards the Younger.

Probably too his sense of superiority (I haven't been naught like You have). The Older son would have needed to examine his own heart towards his returned brother. He would have needed a heart of forgiveness and love to welcome his brother back. He would need to be willing to share the sonship privileges again. After all, when his brother left he had all the fullness of sonship to himself - which the Father gently pointed out.

So the returned of Younger son back to the fold changed the dynamics within the family. Everyone had to adjust to new circumstances - the Father with joy, the Younger son with surprise and the Older son with acceptance. The old established ways needed to change and adjust.

This is a parable about lives when returned or even come into the Kingdom. There are attitudes of heart and mind that need to be adapted, a new order to establish. On the part of All involved.

 

   

Luke 15:11-32 Then He said: "A certain man had two sons. And the younger of them said to his father, 'Father, give me the portion of goods that falls to me.' So he divided to them his livelihood. And not many days after, the younger son gathered all together,journeyed to a far country, and there wasted his possessions with prodigal living. But when he had spent all, there arose a severe famine in that land, and he began to be in want. Then he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country, and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. And he would gladly have filled his stomach with the pods that the swine ate, and no one gave him anything. But when he came to himself, he said, 'How many of my father's hired servants have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, "Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you, and I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me like one of your hired servants." ' And he arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him. And the son said to him, 'Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight, and am no longer worthy to be called your son. But the father said to his servants, 'Bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet. And bring the fatted calf here and kill it, and let us eat and be merry; for this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.' And they began to be merry. Now his older son was in the field. And as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing. So he called one of the servants and asked what these things meant. And he said to him, 'Your brother has come, and because he has received him safe and sound, your father has killed the fatted calf.' But he was angry and would not go in. Therefore his father came out and pleaded with him. So he answered and said to his father, 'Lo, these many years I have been serving you; I never transgressed your commandment at any time; and yet you never gave me a young goat, that I might make merry with my friends. But as soon as this son of yours came, who has devoured your livelihood with harlots, you killed the fatted calf for him.' And he said to him, 'Son, you are always with me, and all that I have is yours. It was right that we should make merry and be glad, for your brother was dead and is alive again, and was lost and is found.' "