Luke 15:11 And he said, A certain man had two sons:
Another parable about repentance and restoration. This is a familiar story often called the prodigal son. What's a prodigal? The dictionary defines prodigal as one who spends or gives lavishly and foolishly. From my growing into adulthood years, I found that when there was money, there were new friends. When the money was gone, so were they. These were friends only when there were good times. A man had two sons.
Luke 15:12 And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living.
The younger one wanted his inheritance, but did not know responsibility.
Luke 15:13 And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living.
Soon the young son had spent all of the inheritance on riotous living. Riotous, I think of an uproar as in a loud rock music concert. Where everything is confusion and intense emotion...fun?
Luke 15:14 And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want.
He was not wise; he was an unknown person without money to feed him and to buy his needs. Now a famine has come, food is scarce. We should try to have some money set aside for emergencies. Life is full of troubles, we would have money for our needs and to help others in need..
Luke 15:15 And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine.
He became a servant to a stranger and did what was unclean to a Jew, he fed the unclean swine. He took care of animals that the Jews were to stay away from.
Luke 15:16 And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him.
He was so hungry that he desired to eat the corn husks, because no one gave him food. Many are homeless in our cities, some by choice. There is always a need for food. Why not feed someone today who cannot repay you and tell them about the love of Jesus?
Luke 15:17 And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father's have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!
He began to see with a clear mind. His father fed his servants. He was serving someone who did not give him any good thing. Satan will lead you out into the world seeking a good time, but he will rob from you and give you no good thing. The father of the young man was good and he cared for his servants...better to be a servant and be fed, than a son away in a foreign land. Are you away from Father God, out in the world? Come home and be blessed, he loves you and will meet your needs.
Luke 15:18 I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee,
Luke 15:19 And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants.
The son was willing to humble himself and repent, not seeking his own way, but asking for mercy. He had seen the life apart from his father. The way of the father was a better life.
If you are away from Jesus and the Father, return now. Do not believe the lies of the devil. You belong With your Father and your Spiritual family. Repent, turn around, humbly come to him.