Putting God's Word into Practice…

Luke 15:11-32 ~Two Lost Sons

on April 19, 2012

The story of the prodigal son is a widely read, written about and taught on passage of Scripture.  The first half is my testimony, and I can barely read about the Father’s response at the son’s return in verse 20 without crying still.  The second half was brought more clearly into focus for me through two books that I recommend:  Prodigal God by Tim Keller and Give Them Grace by Elyse Fitzpatrick.

I always pray that when I read familiar passages that God will give me fresh insight, and today He answered that prayer in a way that changed my heart and hopefully will help anyone who reads this.  

  1. Pride that leads to humility ends in celebration, satisfaction and great joy.
  2. Pride that consumes leads to bitterness, discontentment and separation from God.

The first son got to the end of himself, realized that he had nothing and nothing to offer.  He humbly returned to the Father willing to settle in as a servant.  “But! while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him.”  He treated the son like royalty and invited everyone to celebrate with food, music and dancing.

When the older son heard this and found out what it was about, he became angry.  He refused to go in to the party so his Father came out and pleaded with him to come in. (That’s compassion!) The son responded in selfishness saying, “I, I, me, I, my” in verse 29. All I hear is, “Wa, wa, waaa!”

Pride, discontentment and self-righteousness creep in when we don’t regard the blessings we have in God and start to think what we have in Him is not enough–it happened to Lucifer, to Adam and Eve and Satan has used it to trap billions of people since.  Jesus didn’t fall for it, and we don’t have to either.  In verse 31 the Father said, “Son, you are ALWAYS with me, and ALL that is mine is yours.”  

God is good!  He wants us in on the celebration–when we don’t humble ourselves, He pleads with us to change our minds and receive His goodness.  Will we enter into His joy or hang on to our bitterness and refuse to enter?  The only cover charge to the party is a humble heart!  

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