18 I will get up and go to my father, and I will say to him, Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight.19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; [just] make me like one of your hired servants.22 But the father said to his bond servants, Bring quickly the best robe (the festive robe of honor) and put it on him; and give him a ring for his hand and sandals for his feet. - Luke 15:11-32
How pained was this man to give his son his inheritance before his time? He knew he was not ready for it, but because he loved his son dearly, he gave it to him. /O\
The young lad went ahead and wasted everything. Partying all day and all night, Buying luxury products at will, road trips... At NO point did investing cross his mind. lol.
His wealth vanished just in time for a famine. How timely. right?
He had nothing on him all his "friends" were no where to be found. He sought help from one of the locals who gave his the job of feedings his hogs. And feeding the hogs and with the hogs he did.
At his wits end, he chose to return back to his father as a servant not a son. His father receives him not as a servant but as a son.
In today's world, we may not exactly ask for "our inheritance" but we may ask of God things that we are NOT prepared to receive. Things that time has not yet come.21 And the son said to him, Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight; I am no longer worthy to be called your son [I no longer deserve to be recognized as a son of yours]! 22 But the father said to his bond servants, Bring quickly the best robe (the festive robe of honor) and put it on him; and give him a ring for his hand and sandals for his feet.23 And bring out [e]that [wheat-]fattened calf and kill it; and let us [f]revel and feast and be happy and make merry,
It could be that high grossing salary or that cozy home or that car you have been dreaming of or that life partner or that dream job or the baby your soul has been longing to hold. The list is endless.
God knows that if he gives us these things before time, they will destroy us. Just like the prodigal son.
Where are you at this point in time?
1. Thinking about asking for your "inheritance".
2. Already asked for your "inheritance".
3. Looking for that far away land.
4. Already packing to leave for that far away land.
5. Already on your way to that far away land.
6. Already settling in the far away land.
7. Just about to start squandering your "inheritance"
8. Already wasted all your "inheritance".
9. Feeding the hogs
10. Preparing to go back home.
Whatever your situation, there is still a second chance. :))
LESSONS FROM THE PRODIGAL SON....
I stumbled upon an article from saintsnotsinners.org
1. The father was never angry at the Prodigal Son.
The first is that the father was never angry at the prodigal son. Not even when the son took his inheritance and squandered it on all those porno mags and Marilyn Manson albums . There’s no sign that the father ever got vindictive and said, “That dirty-rotten-sinner son! I need to judge him! I need to banish him from the family!”
2. He started as a son, ended as a son, and was a son everywhere in between.
The son was a son from the start. He wasn’t a stranger and then a son. He woke up as a son, took all of his inheritance as a son, blew all of his inheritance as a son, ate with the pigs as a son, and finally returned to his father, welcomed home as a son. In fact, it was only the prodigal son who declared himself unworthy to be called a son—the father never did!
3. He was never banished from the father by the father; he left on his own.
This story doesn’t show a prodigal son who was banished from the house by an angry father, it shows a son who willingly left and abused all he had been given. And the father waited. Patiently and full of hope.