THE PRODIGAL WHO STAYED AT HOME
It was a marvelous story that Jesus told, wasn't it? Charles Dickens calls it the most
beautiful story in all of literature. Pick up your Bibles when you are by yourself. Open
to Luke 15, read these stories. Read this story of the parable of the prodigal son and I
can guarantee you one thing, it will make its way straight to your heart. There is a beauty,
there is a humanness about it that is irresistible.
Young son - "Give me." He was attracted by the world of music and laughter and excitement
and glamour and sensuality. Doesn't that sound human? That's as up to date as this morning's
paper. And he just left everything with the inheritance that was his and made his way to the
far, far country. Right on target with today's world! But then a famine came. And somehow
a hungry stomach is usually an eloquent preacher of righteousness.
Ghandi said, "Even God himself dares not appear to a hungry man except in the form of bread!"
So from the pig pen, the prodigal came to himself. Now that little phrase is good news.
In other words, the Father is saying to you and to me that when we are away from his house,
away from fellowship with him, we are really NOT ourselves. So when the prodigal came to
himself, he got up and headed back home. And there a beautiful story follows. That Father
on the roof top looking out, seeing the boy coming - he says, "Bring a robe for him." That's
a sign of honor. "Bring a ring for him." That gave to the prodigal son the power now of
attorney of his father. "Bring shoes for him." That meant that he was no longer a slave
but a son and this goes back to the spiritual we are familiar with. "All God's chillun'
got shoes." No 'longer would God's ch4,1,d,-,-r. be FIaves, but not@ they woijid b-e sho-d, they wc)uld
have shoes. ...
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