A Son and Father
I have often times prayed for my kids to be wise with:
•What they do with their relationships
•What they do with their money
•What they do with their bodies
EVEN GREAT PARENTS HAVE HAD KIDS WANDER
Part 1 – The Son’s departure
11 Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons. 12 The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them.
13 “Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living.
– ousia –
means ones substance or being
Greek for property
– Bios –
14 After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. 15 So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. 16 He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything
•He didn’t want to be under his master only to end up under a new master
•He fled legitimate authority to become enslaved to illegitimate authority
Love of self is actually not love
•Love does not force others
•Father loved his son too much to restrain him
•He knew that love only possesses what it releases
What type of relationship would the father have had with his son if he said no?
TO THE FATHER HIS RELATIONSHIP WITH THE SON WAS MUCH MORE IMPORTANT THAN HIS POSSESSIONS
Part 2 – The Sons return and Father’s response
17 “When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! 18 I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.’ 20 So he got up and went to his father.
“But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.
21 “The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’
22 “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. 23 Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. 24 For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.
The father’s desire for relationship with his son is amazing
Part 3 – The brother’s response
25 “Meanwhile, the older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing. 26 So he called one of the servants and asked him what was going on. 27 ‘Your brother has come,’ he replied, ‘and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.’
28 “The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him.
29 But he answered his father, ‘Look! All these years I’ve been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. 30 But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!’
31 “‘My son,’ the father said, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. 32 But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’”
THE FATHER’S HEART WAS ALWAYS ABOUT RELATIONSHIP
How do we apply this to our lives?
•Dad’s be in relationship with your kids
•Create an atmosphere of relationship
•Share your life with them and intentionally involve yourself in their life
For God the right relationship is more important than everything else