Featured in the October, 2011 Issue of the Ashburn Baptist News
The Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-31) has been abused by preachers and Bible teachers. He has been picked on, condemned, and forever held up as an example of a bad boy.
However, the Prodigal Son did have some good points.
He made only one request from his father. Most sons are continuously asking – the list of their demands seems to have no end.
Notice also, he left home. Many sons don’t leave! They disrupt family life and do nothing but cause stress and tension in the family with their own personal problems.
Also notice, that though he spent everything, he did not spend more than he had. He should be congratulated for not having accumulated debt (verse 16)! He did not sit around expecting his father to feed him. He was not on welfare or some other government dole. He did hard, menial work (verse 15).
It should also be noted that he “came to his senses” (verse 17). He recognized he was in a crisis. Many people are in a ton of trouble, but don’t understand the enormity of their difficulty and realize that action must be taken.
It should also be noted that though he had made some bad decisions, he now makes a good decision, saying “I will go back to my Father and say to him, ‘Father, I have sinned'” (verse 18). He recognizes what a fool he has made of himself and what a mess he has made of his life. He is humble enough to realize that he has been with the wrong crowd and been on the wrong road. He understands that it’s not just a mistake or some mild problem, but this is crucial. He has sinned. He must get right with God and then make things right with his father. He repents! Have you?