My Favorite Parable

22 Nov

There was once a man who had two sons. The younger said to his father,

“Father, I want right now what’s coming to me.”

So the father divided the property between them.  It wasn’t long before the younger son packed his bags and left for a distant country. There, undisciplined and dissipated, he wasted everything he had. After he had gone through all his money, there was a bad famine all through that country and he began to hurt. He signed on with a citizen there who assigned him to his fields to slop the pigs. He was so hungry he would have eaten the corncobs in the pig slop, but no one would give him any.

That brought him to his senses. He said,

“All those farmhands working for my father sit down to three meals a day, and here I am starving to death. I’m going back to my father. I’ll say to him, Father, I’ve sinned against God, I’ve sinned before you; I don’t deserve to be called your son. Take me on as a hired hand.”

He got right up and went home to his father. When he was still a long way off, his father saw him. His heart pounding, he ran out, embraced him, and kissed him. The son started his speech:

“Father, I’ve sinned against God, I’ve sinned before you; I don’t deserve to be called your son ever again.”

But the father wasn’t listening. He was calling to the servants,

“Quick. Bring a clean set of clothes and dress him. Put the family ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Then get a grain-fed heifer and roast it. We’re going to feast! We’re going to have a wonderful time! My son is here–given up for dead and now alive! Given up for lost and now found!’ And they began to have a wonderful time.”

Jesus Christ

Lk 15:11-24, Message Bible

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2 Responses to “My Favorite Parable”

  1. Roshan Easo December 20, 2013 at 7:20 pm #

    The elder son is just hiding inside the prodigal son. Did you see it? “Take me on as a hired hand. I’ve sinned against heaven and you. I’ve failed at the family business. But give me a job and I’ll show you what I’m made of!”

    Hey, can’t lie. I want to be disciplined and sober. If I am, does that get me off the hook? Huh Jesus? ;0)

    Seriously though I am thrilled workers who party. Not so thrilled about partyiers that work. But then that would be an eye for an eye and the whole world would go blind. I should be thrilled.

  2. roshaneaso December 20, 2013 at 7:26 pm #

    Some might point out how they sin grievously from debauchery to workaholism, but this story is all about that loving Father. The one who always hoped, and now will never let you go. If we want to be productive anyway, 1 Peter points out how it’s the knowledge of His uninhibited forgiveness that makes us productive–and healthy! What beautiful magic. What an amazing family to be part of!

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