THE PRODIGAL SON

Jesus told the story of the parable of GOD’S LOVE FOR ALL people in the Prodigal Son found in Luke chapter 15, verses 11-32. The main character is God the forgiving father, whose character remains constant throughout the story. The son had everything he needed in life to make his life very comfortable. He had a golden spoon mansion luxury roof over his head living in super abundance beyond average Joe. He has servants who catered to every need. He had butlers who ensured he was provided with distinguished service of the highest standard so lacked nothing. He had the best of everything that money could buy to ensure he indulged pristine lifestyle. He had the best gourmet chefs who prepared 5 star meals of several courses accompanied by the best desserts during each meal. He lived in the best first post code gaitered neighbourhood. Over all, the prodigal had seem to have all that others dream of. Yet in spite of all the outward trimmings of pleasure he seemed to be in pursuit of happiness of another sort. Having seen others having the liberty to enjoy good times, he felt his father subdued him. After all, he had reached the age of adulthood that was age appropriate to take on the world by himself. In his own mind, he figured that with his wealth behind him there was nothing out of limit to him. He can buy the best of anything he fancied and get the opportunity to meet the most beautiful girls in town. So he can finally enjoy himself in the best places and socialize. Above all, he does not have listen to his father’s lectures on life daily or be expected to keep a curfew. He would feel free without his father nagging him to be careful of life in general. The father had other plans and purposes for his life. To learn the family business to one day manage and preserve it for posterity. It took years for the father to set up business to grow over the years. Under the watchful eye of his father he was trained to run the company. However, he had other plans contrary to his father’s higher plans.His best friends were all out there having left home and free to indulge themselves without restraint. He told his father to give him his portion of inheritance so he can go out into the world to enjoy himself. He explained his plans to his father who was so surprised.r to divide his share of wealth. His father was shocked and heartbroken because he knew exactly his son was immature and vulnerable. He led a protected sheltered life so never ventured out on his own before. He could hardly take care of himself, let alone cook or manage his resources and assets. His father gave him time to think his decisions carefully through to come back to him after a few days of deeper reflection. After some time, he told his father he had made up his mind. Although, with sadness at the risk of the naive son’s decision the father obliged. The father, said all he could in vain but the pressure of attraction of fellow young adults his age seemed more relevant than future preservation of family wealth and assets. His bests friends kept in touch secretly, advising him of all he was missing out there. He was physically present at home but emotionally absent. He had heard of all the adventures out there and the fun. He was convinced it was the right decision, so made his choice and said his goodbyes. His father asked him to keep in touch and reassured him he was welcome home any time he changed his mind. So off he went to meet his friends waiting for him and soon gained many more friends. He joined them and carried on with their lifestyle. They seem to freely indulge themselves without their parents controlling their lives any more. They can buy what they want, eat as they feel like and do exactly as they please. This carried on for many months as he spent his inheritance recklessly. His friends seemed to love him as long as he had money and sponsored them. It was not long before the expensive city took its took on him. He lost his money, home and so-called friends who abandoned him in his time of need. So the rich man’s beloved son ended up doing odd jobs in a pig’s sty. The very place his upbringing did not destine to be. He was starving so ate the pig’s food.

The later, he came to his senses so remembered his father’s love and abundant provisions. He recalled the numerous left over meals thrown away in his father’s household. He made up his mind to go back to his beloved father who cared about him. His father never gave up on him so always prayed for his safety and well-being. It has been many months since he left and life was never the same without him. His mother cried everyday for him as she felt the impact his had on the family as a whole. His place at the dinning table was vacant and his bedroom left intact full of precious memories of growing up. Having given up hope of ever hearing from him or seeing him again an impossible miracle happened. There in the far away distance he emerged, dishevelled in tattered filthy clothes and unkempt not washing for days. His father run towards him to meet him and welcome him. His father hugged and embraced him lovingly and was delighted to see him alive. He had almost lost hope of his son restoring his life but found him again. The son asked his father to forgive him and treat him as a servant for raiding and wasting the family loom. Instead the father welcomed him, put the best clothes on him, a signet ring on his finger and shoes on his feet . In addition the father, the organised a big party to eat and celebrate. For he was thought of dead due to his silence and is now alive again. While everyone rejoiced and welcomed the prodigal son home, his older was angry and furious for the good treatment given the vagabond son by his loving father. He heard the music and dancing so found out it was in honour of his lost and found brother. The elder son refused to partake in the party and condemned his brother for squandering his inheritance with prostitutes. He confronted his father for letting his son in and throwing him a party after wasting his share of the inheritance. Worst of all he was really disappointed his father never acknowledged him to honour him as a loyal faithful son by throwing him a party. This is often the tragedy of many people lost in the world today urged on to leave home to take on the world in their immaturity. There is the assumption with plenty of money everything all things will automatically work together for good. Some young people pushed too hard too soon to leave home for greener pastures often end up without the ability to cope on their own. So there is a concept that once together in the company of good friends to support each other all will be well. So the family is disintegrated by the very system that should train young adults to value, respect and honour family. The family is to train them until the cortex is fully formed and they are matured enough to become capable of living on their own. The policy makers ensure their young ones have adequate provisions and resources to enable them to enjoy life from generation to generation. Some hire chaperones, security, body guards to ensure the safety and well-being of their own family members. Yet churn out without congruence to harm other’s young adults than do them good. Like the self-righteous elder brother they think  only they exclusively deserve the father’s silver and gold, diamonds wealth and assets more than others. Therefore by their arrogance and impudence device divisive policies that deprive other people’s young adults. So relentlessly harass and intimidate young adults forcing them to seek help from wrong places. Yet refuse to acknowledge snares set up to make life difficult for such young adults. Father God Almighty, Jehovah Nissi is no respecter of person’s so does not approve them who persecute others but greedily indulge themselves. They may seem to get away with their wickedness in high places. Jesus conquered principalities and powers and made a show of them so God is watching and taking notice on behalf of deprived people. God is ever welcoming with open arms all those deprived and will comfort them like Lazarus in heaven and the rich man in hell.

11 And he said, A certain man had two sons: 12 And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that belongs to me. And he divided unto them his living.13 And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living.14 And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want.15 And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine.16 And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him.17 And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father’s have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! 18 I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee,19 And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants.20 And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.21 And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son.22 But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet:23 And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry:24 For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.25 Now his elder son was in the field: and as he came and drew nigh to the house, he heard music and dancing. 26 And he called one of the servants, and asked what these things meant.27 And he said unto him, Thy brother is come; and thy father killed the fatted calf, because he received him safe and sound.28 And he was angry, and would not go in: therefore came his father out, and entreated him.29 And he answering said to his father, Lo, these many years do I serve thee, neither transgressed I at any time thy commandment: and yet thou never gave me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends:30 But as soon as this thy son was come, which devoured thy living with harlots, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf. 31 And he said unto him, Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine.32 It was meet we should make merry, and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found.

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