Monday, May 25th, 2015
Trailblazers (Part 7)
Forgive Selfish Prodigals
A man had two sons. The younger of them said to his father, 'Father, give me the share of the estate that falls to me.' So he divided his wealth between them. And not many days later, the younger son gathered everything together and went on a journey into a distant country, and there he squandered his estate with loose living...
Luke 15:11-13 (NASB)*
The Parable of the Prodigal Son is a wondrous story with layers of lessons. Consider a few: 1) Wise parents can have foolish sons; 2) Foolish sons need freedom to fail; 3) A pigsty can serve God's purpose; 4) Repentance means turning around; 5) No sin is too large to forgive; 6) No place is too far to come home; 7) Faithful sons can be self-righteous; 8) Self-righteousness is selfish, too.
Even more wondrous to me are the father's actions. They reveal aspects of God's character. Consider a few: 1) He agreed to his son's request; 2) He did not debate his bad move; 3) He knew he would learn the hard way; 4) He expected his son's return; 5) He ran to him with open arms; 6) He forgave him with no lecture; 7) He restored his rights as a son; 8) The other son got the lecture.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Since the entertainment industry is filled with prodigals, since media pushes our kids to a prodigal lifestyle, since a condemning church did not follow our wise Father's lead, you must re-blaze God's trail. Because the path walked by Jesus has grown weedy from lack of use.
Toward selfish prodigals, be patient without judgment. When they walk toward you, meet them with open arms. Toward self-righteous Christians, give a kind lecture to them. Because family is family. Because copying Jesus is wise.
To Be Continued...
* In Its entirety: The Parable of the Prodigal Son, https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+15%3A11-32&version=NASB
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Trailblazers series.