Sunday Morning Podcast June 19, 2016. Bro. Dave Goble.
TEXT: LUKE 15:11-24
11 And he said, A certain man had two sons:
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.
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.
14 And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want.
15 And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine.
16 And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him.
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!
18 I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee,
19 And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants.
20 And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.
21 And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son.
22 But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet:
23 And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry:
24 For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.
Even the servants had more to eat and wear, than this prodigal son while lost in sin. When he became remorseful and returned, his Father awaited him, having watched for him. It was with great mercy and forgiveness that he greeted his long lost son. This is a wonderful example for all fathers to measure themselves by. On the other hand, none of us humanly are perfect, and should not realistically expect in the most difficult situations to always achieve this. We do need though, to learn from this gospel account what God has to tell us. The world, has accelerated so fast in the wrong direction. But the role of the Father is still important. Life brings us experiences, and produces fruits hopefully for our applied learning. Dads matter. They matter to sons, daughters, and wives. The world would like to redefine this important role that God has set forth for fathers.
The reuniting encounter of this father and son, illustrates the bond that they had. Something instilled deep in the son’s heart caused him to know he needed to return to his Father, when he came to a full awareness of his sinful condition. How did the son have enough faith to come back? Because of the unbroken connection. A connection that is for life. If our connections weren’t ideal, we can still with hope, be given a chance to do it differently. To think otherwise, is to be cynical. The return of this prodigal son illustrates that God has not broken the connections. The son returned with remorse, in his dirty ragged condition, yet the Father embraced and forgave him, even before the son spoke. The son had learned how the world uses and destroys you. The son’s awareness of his condition, his repentance and forsaking of those sins, helped him to return to his Father’s house.
What are some characteristics of a good dad? A fair man, stable, honest, compassionate, provider, consistent, generous, humble, would be accurate descriptions. The prodigal son knew he would be received, based on how his Father lived. His father had given him a safe environment to grow up in, and how to thrive. Not just physically, but also spiritually. His father showed by his good example, how he could one day be a good father too. Mercifully, fathers that might realize later “their lack,” can still choose to change. This will help their children also to want to be, “Just like Dad.”
Our heavenly Father sees one’s attitude, and repentant, contrite heart. This is so we can get His help. God will show one how to repent, and be a good dad and/or parent.
So we can be, “Just Like Dad.”