We are all prodigal in one way or the other. There is no human being, who is not seeking for freedom: Freedom and right to exact selfishness and effect self-will, even at the detriment of others. This is a key lesson in the parable of the prodigal son.

the prodigal son

The Prodigal Son

The Bible Declared…

“And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.” (Eph. 2:1,3)

All Have Sinned.

The Bible also declared that all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God; however, we are saved by grace.

Right from infant, every human being wants freedom to touch or do that, which is harmful. An infant would want to touch a hundred watts bulb. Sometimes, if you disallowed him from touching it, he won’t learn the lesson that some things do get hot and harmful to touch.

In adulthood, we have all been enticed by the devil to try things of the world, things that are sinful, unrighteous and worldly. As Christians, we live in the world, but we are not of the world. The Bible says that, the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light. By grace, we are saved, the more reason we cannot imitate or compromise with the world, or else, we windup losing all we have to the world and rendered wretched like the prodigal son (Luke 15:11-32).
How we became prodigal

  • We are all prone to temptation and we are easily enticed into committing sin and living a wayward life. Many Christians -
  • Go out of God’s boundary
  • Misused their liberty as occasion to live a lavishing and luxuriant life.
  • Engaged in immorality and indecencies.
  • Are rebellious and outrage in their waywardness.
  • Are not devoted, they compromised with the world; and shy away from their Christian responsibilities.
  • Don’t want to live within the boundary of holiness and righteousness.
  • Clamor for freedom to worship as they like, even if it holds against God’s ethics.
  • Forget God when thing are going well.
  • The result of being prodigal

Freedom without divine guidance for a Christian who tries to live independent of God is like inviting satan back into such life. The prodigal son lost all he received from his father, because he was living a life without divine guidance. Likewise, many Christians have lost precious time, divine health, peace of the mind, blessings and possessions, while outside God’s territory.

Come Back to Your God

Our freedom sometimes led us into mixing with ungodly people and their devil’s delicacies enticed us to the point that we don’t want to leave the devil’s territory. Not until our situation had hit a rock and our acquaintances and friends had left us, we would never look back.

We don’t have to wait until we are hit by some disaster, lacks, diseases or some bad things before we return to our God. Some lives have been wasted and lost while being a prodigal.
Our Father is waiting

Let us leave behind our sins and waywardness and come back to our God. He promised He would never forsake us. What a gracious and merciful Father He is; He will accept us as we are. He loves us and the price for our redemption has been paid (Eph. 2:4-6). He is not interested in the death of a sinner, but to save him/her.

Prodigal Son

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About the Author

Lawrence B. Abitogun, called by the special grace of the Almighty God through our Lord Jesus Christ; by the empowerment of the Holy Ghost, witnessing and preaching the gospel to the world, was born to a Christian parents at Uso, Ondo state, Nigeria. He received his elementary and secondary education in Nigeria from 1959-1971. He obtained a Bachelor degree in Fine Arts and a Master of Science in Industrial Arts at North Texas State University, Denton TX USA in 1979 and 1982 respectively.

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