Monday, March 14, 2016

The Prodigal Father


Hey everyone! While a church meeting the other day, we heard a teaching on the parable of the Prodigal Son. Many people know the story. Many people have heard sermons on the story. However, this time around, the focus was placed not on the son but on the father. I really enjoyed the teaching we received from our eKidz (our children's ministry) director, so I really wanted to share my take away with y'all! I think this is something that could be really great for people!


 


The whole story can be found in Luke 15:11-32- but to summarize just a bit- There was a man who had two sons. The younger son asked for his share of his inheritance right then and there. The father agreed and split his possessions. The younger son set out with the inheritance, but once he had left he spent and used up everything his father had given him. He was left with nothing and hired himself out as a servant.

So now we pick up in verse 17. "When he came to his senses, he said, 'How many of my father's hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death!"
He realizes that his fathers own servants have plenty of food, while he is starving. This brings me to the first thing to note about the father. The father has a reputation of taking care of others. This man makes sure that even his servants have enough food to eat. 

After this realization, the son decides to go back to his father in verse 20. "So he got up and went to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him." We read that his father saw him when he was still a long way off, awaiting his return. He was expectant for his sons return. 

We also see in the same verse that the father ran to meet his son. He ran to restore what was broken. His son was in bad shape. His son was broken. However, that didn't stop the father from reaching out to him.  In addition, the father did not just run to his son, he embraced him. The brokenness of his son only drew him closer. 

The last thing I want to show y'all is in verse 22 and 23. "But the father said to his servants, 'Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate." The father called for a party when his son returned. He called for a celebration. He didn't let this miracle go unnoticed. He didn't let his son arrive home without welcome. 

So I want to challenge you with this question- Are you being the Prodigal  Father to those around you? Do you have a reputation of taking care of others? Are you expactant in your relationships? Do you run towards others? Do you embrace others? Do you celebrate with and for others? I think that if we live our lives like the father, we'll reach so many more people.

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