The parable of the prodigal son is a well-known and beloved parable that Jesus Christ told. A prodigal is generally defined as someone who spends money in a wasteful, extravagant, or reckless manner. There is no question that the parable focused upon the first son as the prodigal. But there is a very important lesson to be learned about the younger son.
The younger son, while not wasting his father’s money with lascivious living, was bitter. In fact, he probably would have been very happy to have lived that kind of life if he had been given this opportunity. Instead, he focused upon what he did not get rather than the joy of welcoming his brother back to the family. This Bible passage records where his heart truly was placed. It was all about him.
...“Look, these many years I have served you, and I never disobeyed your command, yet you never gave me a young goat, that I might celebrate with my friends. But when this son of yours came, who has devoured your property with prostitutes, you killed the fattened calf for him!”
Luke 15:29-30 (ESV)
My life is a tragic example of both sons. I have lived the backslidden life, taking advantage of situations for my own selfish and evil desires and demanding, “I want it all now!” I have held bitterness in my life as I asked, “When is it my turn? When do I get what is coming to me?”
It was only by the mercy and grace of God, that He brought me back into proper fellowship with Him. I dropped to my hands and knees as I sought forgiveness for my backslidden ways and ungodly attitude.
This parable is the story of two sons. I have lived both lives. And I never want to return to the filth and wayward lifestyle I once lived.
Thank you, God, for your mercy and love.
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.