Untold Part About The Good Prodigal Son You Need To Hear
Do you wonder if there is anything as good prodigal Son? Come with me I will show you that no one is good that has no bad spot, and no one is so bad that does not have a good side even the devil. I made it my habit to learn from everybody and every situation even the most hostile.
The parable or story of the prodigal son is one of the most profound stories that talks about God’s love of erring and repentant sinner. But much more than that, people focus on the negative aspect of the young man. The attention has always been on his wasteful and riotous life. But there is more to it than meets the eye. Some area every youth can leverage on to be better off are listed below as we discover the untold part of the lost child I called the good prodigal son.
1. He dares to dream: Until you face the real situation you cannot prove your ability and competence. The young man dreamt of a land of all possibilities where he can multiply his resources and live big. Successful people today dared to dream bigger than their parent, community, and generation. This most time required breaking the norms as did the prodigal son. People will infer that no one has done it this way before. Your dream will be caged if you fall for such an idea.
History abounds of ordinary men and woman who abandoned school to pursue their passions and they are successful today because they challenged the norms. Many people had left their parent’s vocation and business to break the barrier today. Take note you cannot be distinguished if you dogmatically follow traditions. Jesus breaks the norm of Judaism that was why they called him a fanatic and that birthed Christianity today. Martin Luther dreamt of Christianity based on a faith that was why they named him a rebel. Today we have the protestant with the freedom which gives us access to a copy of the bible.
2. He admitted his error. The prodigal son didn’t paraphrase or pretend about his grievous error. He called it by name. “Sin”. He saw his action as a Sin both to God and to his father. Most of us would’ve gotten over our situation if we’re sincere with God, people and ourselves. His action was a sin against God when he made a demand for his father’s wish. It was a sin against his father because his demand was against the tradition to ask for inheritance when the owner is still alive.
In a simple term, what the boy was telling his father is that he had overstayed his welcome. In another word, he was asking Dad, why you are still alive. You ought to be dead by now, so I can take over. Just for a little inspiration from the devil, he would have sent an assassin after his father and brother, so he gets all the estate to himself.
To get over any problem, you must be realistic about it. The young man called a spade, a spade and not a big spoon.
3. He took responsibility. Nobody gets far on the journey of life that shifts blame. Incidentally, blame shifting does not excuse anyone from the penalty for the sin or error. Adam and Saul would tell a better story. I called him a good prodigal son because he took responsibility for his error.
The Bible is explicit about this. Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy.“Proverb 28: 13 You’ll only see where you’ve missed it and the way forward when you take responsibility. Hear what God told the Israelite who claimed their punishment is as a result of their father’s sin. In those days people will no longer say, ‘The parents have eaten sour grapes, and the children’s teeth are set on edge.’Instead, everyone will die for their own sin; whoever eats sour grapes—their own teeth will be set on edge. Jeremiah31; 28-30
Blaming your place of birth, skin color, parents, government, your boss or spouse will only keep you in the same circle of pain, regret, bitterness, and frustration. Even if any of those factors are responsible for your predicament, you can chart a new course like Jephthah and Jabez.
4. He was a humble lad: When he lost all his possession, he didn’t run back home like a spoiled child. He was humble enough to be a servant. Worst still to feed swine. So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. Luke 15;15 This is the most degradation and humiliation any Jew can suffer. I always disagree with people who will say there is no job in town and stayed idea. Such people resort to or defrauding unsuspecting brethren. My response to such people is either they are lazy or proud. Even in a bad economy, you may not find a job that is commensurate with your certificate and qualification but can always get something doing.
Pastor Sam Adeyemi once told us a story of a young graduate who told him God directed him to come and wash the pastor cloths. Though he declined the offer, the brother insisted it was God’s directive. So, he allowed him. After washing the clothes he promised to come in two days’ time to iron them. But, he didn’t return not because he bolted away but a bank offered him a job.
Beloved, the way up is down. He who is too big to serve is too small to lead.
Recently, I took up a job almost free of charge only for God to use it as an avenue for a better opportunity. Folks wake up and get busy. Someone said the true state of man is not where he stands in times of comfort but when the going gets tough. He never thought of committing suicide. Instead of joining the bad gang he was willing to serve. He believed in the dignity of labor.
- He learned through his mistake and pain: How many of my father’s hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! Luke 15:15 At times the only way for God to gets our attention is through the pain. Usually, we tend to think out of the box when challenges push us to the end of the bricks. Researchers prove people seek God more in trouble than in triumph. In other words, the good prodigal son was thinking all this while on the way out. When you screw it, don’t seek for human sympathy. Period of failure is not the time for self-pity. Note that he didn’t take the step to retreat until the situation became unbearable and stealing sets in.
The bible says when he came to his senses. This implies when you do something that belittles you, you’re your thinking faculty is faulty. Sinners are not in their right senses. Successful people retrace their steps after losses. They never quit. They ask where have missed it. Why has my deal with destiny never fall through? What lesson does he learn? He realized pleasure is not all that is to life.
- He forgave himself. One singular factor responsible for suicide, divorce, hypertension, and conflict is a lack of forgiveness. It is amazing to see devil reminding believers of past sins they’ve renounced as the reason for the challenges they are currently facing. Though there is a repercussion for our sins God never holds it against us once we’ve repented. This lad forgave himself first before seeking the father’s forgiveness.
This is how I deal with any problem that confronts me. I’ll ask two questions. First, will this situation terminate my life? The second is this problem as a result of my sin. If it is a sin, I’ll repent. If it is my mistake, my next question will be what lesson can I learn from this? So, I will not repeat the same mistake again. No matter how grievous the sin or mistake may be the only way to move forward is to forgive yourself.
- He understood his father: Many Christian do not know God they call their father but not the prodigal son. One of the reasons I called this lost son good prodigal son is because he knew his father like the back of his palm. For instance, if I ask you if a Christian sinner is he still a child of God? Did I hear you say he is no longer a child of God? There you are this is where we missed it. He or she is still a child of but presently lost fellowship with his father God.
When your kids erred do you reject them completely? No. God will not do so as well. This passage of the scripture shows God is ever loving and expectant. Though he will not shield us from the penalty of our sin and error. But He could always fashion a brand new destiny from the trash of our life if we return to Him in sincerity.
- He had a clear plan of restoration. To achieve any dream, goal or vision, you must draw a realistic, actionable, understandable plan of action. The good prodigal son draws a plan of how to integrate himself back to his family. “I will arise” I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants Luke 15:18-19. Read the sequence goal (becoming a son or servant). What to do (I will arise and go to my father). How to do it (I will tell him I have sinned against God and him).
The prodigal son rehearsed what he will do. There is power in the word. What gets talked about gets done. Faith comes by hearing, say it repeatedly to yourself. You want to be the best student, best spouse, lose weight, have a great devotional life; you must draw an actionable plan.
- He walked his talk. Nothing kills passion, destiny slowly than procrastination. Procrastination is the thief of time. Those aspirations of yours, two, five, ten years ago do they eventually see the light of the day. Talk is cheap, but action is costly. Imperfect action is better than years of best intentions. You’ve waited long enough, act your dream. Live your dream.
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Author: Joseph Akinrinola
Joseph Akinrinola is a Pastor, Sunday school management coach, author, blogger, and a motivational speaker.
Joseph created this blog to help young Christians establish their
feet in Christ, and to provide Biblical time-tested answers to life’s
questions about relationship, christian living and personal development.