But the father said to his servants, 'Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let's have a feast and celebrate. For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.' So they began to celebrate. -Luke 15:22-24
Remember the the son of this certain man. He was known as the prodigal son. There have been times that many of us walked in the same footsteps of the prodigal son. But it will come a time that we must return to God's unchanging hand.
Jesus tells of this story of this certain man that had two sons. And the younger of them asked for his part of the inheritance early in his life. The father gave him his part of the inheritance freely. The son went away to a far land and wasted all of his portion on a riotous lifestyle. He was not a wise man and many of us are as such. When we have been blessed with a extravagant and lavish lifestyles we live for the moment never giving thanks to The Father. Just as the lost son our lavish lifestyles don't last forever, only for awhile.
When he had spent all of his fortune he had to go work in the fields feeding pigs. No one would give him a thing, but when he had plenty he also had plenty of friends. When the funds was all gone so was his friends. DO THIS SOUNDS FAMILIAR?
That young man came to himself and THEN he throught about his father. My father have many hired servants who live well and still have enough to spare. And here I am perishing with hunger and self-pity. He would return to his father to admit that he had sinned and seek forgiveness. All have sinned and Our Father knows that, yet He stand ready to forgive us. There might be times when we feel that we have sinned so badly that we're not worthy to be a child of God. We are much like the prodigal son. He felt the same way and was willing to become a hired servant.
His father welcomed him with his loving arms. He that once was lost, but now is found was presented will a feast fit for a King. The father is a image of Our Heavenly Father. God waits patiently, with loving arms to forgive us when we return to him with our cries.
Oh Heavenly Father, help me to restrain from being a prodigal son.