Day 154: A Father and Two Sons

Luke 15:11-32 :

He said, “A certain man had two sons. The younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of your property.’ He divided his livelihood between them. Not many days after, the younger son gathered all of this together and traveled into a far country. There he wasted his property with riotous living. When he had spent all of it, there arose a severe famine in that country, and he began to be in need. He went and joined himself to one of the citizens of that country, and he sent him into his fields to feed pigs. He wanted to fill his belly with the husks that the pigs ate, but no one gave him any. But when he came to himself he said, ‘How many hired servants of my father’s have bread enough to spare, and I’m dying with hunger! I will get up and go to my father, and will tell him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in your sight. I am no more worthy to be called your son. Make me as one of your hired servants.”’

“He arose, and came to his father. But while he was still far off, his father saw him, and was moved with compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him. The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in your sight. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’

“But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring out the best robe, and put it on him. Put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet. Bring the fattened calf, kill it, and let us eat, and celebrate; for this, my son, was dead, and is alive again. He was lost, and is found.’ They began to celebrate.

“Now his elder son was in the field. As he came near to the house, he heard music and dancing. He called one of the servants to him, and asked what was going on. He said to him, ‘Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fattened calf, because he has received him back safe and healthy.’ But he was angry, and would not go in. Therefore his father came out, and begged him. But he answered his father, ‘Behold, these many years I have served you, and I never disobeyed a commandment of yours, but you never gave me a goat, that I might celebrate with my friends. But when this, your son, came, who has devoured your living with prostitutes, you killed the fattened calf for him.’

“He said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours. But it was appropriate to celebrate and be glad, for this, your brother, was dead, and is alive again. He was lost, and is found.’”

In this famous parable, Jesus contrasts the father, a son who wastes his life and a son who doesn’t waste his life but starts to get jealous. The only one who really did what was right the whole time in this parable was the father. The selfish son who took his money and squandered it on “riotous living” was the one who ended up with only his life in the end, but He was happy to have that. The “good” son spent his life doing what was right but had a problem with jealousy and that was a sin too. He failed to remember that everything that his father owned was his now his. Christians who live their lives in “riotous living” will return to God someday but on that day they will not have anything to show for their lives. God will still love them, but they won’t have their inheritance. How we live this life makes a difference. Even though we are all equally saved, we will not all have an equal inheritance, because some will use theirs up on selfishness.

We should live our lives wisely, serving God and not forget that we will get a reward someday. We should not be jealous when sinners return home. God is merciful and this is a wonderful thing because all of us needed mercy in order to be saved. Notice that God does not disown His sons. I want to note that there are no pigs in the father’s family only sons. I believe that this story is talking about God and Christians, not God and unbelievers. All Christians are saved and loved, but not all of them get a reward for how they lived their lives.