Summary: The parable of the prodigal son
A Son On The Run
July 4, 2004
To illustrate the point further, Jesus told them this story: "A man had two sons.  The younger son told his father, ’I want my share of your estate now, instead of waiting until you die.’ So his father agreed to divide his wealth between his sons.
Interested in only the here and now
Does not consider the well being of others
Everything we have…we have been given
A song for the ascent to Jerusalem. A psalm of Solomon.
Unless the Lord builds a house,
the work of the builders is useless.
Unless the Lord protects a city,
guarding it with sentries will do no good.
But who am I, and who are my people, that we could give anything to you? Everything we have has come from you, and we give you only what you have already given us!
"A few days later this younger son packed all his belongings and took a trip to a distant land, and there he wasted all his money on wild living.  About the time his money ran out, a great famine swept over the land, and he began to starve.  He persuaded a local farmer to hire him to feed his pigs.  The boy became so hungry that even the pods he was feeding the pigs looked good to him. But no one gave him anything.
Ecclessiastes 5:10 (NLT)
Those who love money will never have enough. How absurd to think that wealth brings true happiness!
"Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where they can be eaten by moths and get rusty, and where thieves break in and steal.
"When he finally came to his senses, he said to himself, ’At home even the hired men have food enough to spare, and here I am, dying of hunger!  I will go home to my father and say, "Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you,  and I am no longer worthy of being called your son. Please take me on as a hired man." ’
A Gut Check
Taking an objective assessment of your circumstances
– Laying aside your pride
Realization of your need
– 180° turn
Instead, let us test and examine our ways. Let us turn again in repentance to the Lord.
"So he returned home to his father. And while he was still a long distance away, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him.  His son said to him, ’Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, and I am no longer worthy of being called your son.’
A Father’s Love
God watches for us
– He never writes us off
God comes to us
– The father ran
Your unfailing love is better to me than life itself; how I praise you!
For the Lord your God has arrived to live among you. He is a mighty savior. He will rejoice over you with great gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will exult over you by singing a happy song."