I used to think it meant lost. Like that Lost Son from Jesus’ parable in Luke 15:11-32. That son, who seemed to have it pretty good at home, decided that the grass was greener on the other side. You know this story, I am sure. But, for the sake of completeness…he chucked it all, asking his father for his inheritance, and then ran off for a “far country” where he spent all his money on wine, women, and song. When the funds ran out, he found himself in a Pigsty surrounded by (pigs of course, plus) filth and regret. He did the only sensible thing at that point, and headed straight home. He hoped his dad would let him work the family farm, for room and board. On the contrary:
…while he was still a long way off,
his father saw him and felt compassion,
and ran and embraced him and kissed him (Luke 15: 20).
His father accepted him back into the family in spite of his mistakes. The older son was filled with contempt for his generous father and despised his wasteful brother…he didn’t think that his father’s lavish, unconditional forgiveness of his rebellious, reckless brother was fair. He did not like it. not. one. little. bit.
This year, I want to delve into what it means to be PRODIGAL:
- God is Prodigal, just ask Tim Keller (amazon link)
- In some ways, we should NOT be Prodigal
- In some ways, we were made to be Prodigal
- The freedom it takes to be really Prodigal was purchased for us by Jesus; it grows with our obedience, not with our rebellion
So much more to say…which is why it is the word for the YEAR, and not for the day! 😉 How about you? Have you got your New Year’s Resolutions down to just One Word? What is it?
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