Thus far we have talked about the Prodigal Son wanting to leave home and taste the world. He got his due inheritance from his father and departed to a far country. Today we will examine the lifestyle of the Prodigal Son in that far country.
The last part of Luke 15:13 records that the Prodigal Son “…wasted his substance with riotous living.” The Prodigal Son had adopted a gross carnal lifestyle. He wasted his money and belongings. The word “wasted” derives from the same Greek word that refers to the scattering of seed by a sower. This imagines the Prodigal Son traveling around wildly spending his goods indiscriminately. How foolish an unregenerate soul can be!
Prodigal Christians waste much more than worldly goods. They waste the precious blessings bestowed them at salvation. They withdraw from their Father God. Instead of acting like children of God they assume the ways of the children of Satan. They no longer are guided by the Word of God. They quench the Holy Spirit. They “fulfill the lust of the flesh.” Galatians 5:16 This is wasting God’s gifts which makes them prodigal Christians.
Beside being wasteful the Prodigal Son lived “riotously.” Riotous comes from a Greek word meaning: dissolution; licentious; without morals. That gives the impression that no immoral act was beyond the Prodigal Son. In truth any lost person can be outrageously immoral. I think of the words spoken by the prophet Jeremiah. “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: Who can know it?” Jeremiah 17:9
In regard to prodigal Christians I think we know that they too can be riotous – live deeply in sin. Many Christians have ruined their Christian life and testimony by sin. Sin by Christians is no less sin than that of prodigal sons.
Verse 14 tells us that a famine came which threatened the Prodigal Son’s life. In Verse 15 we see the action the Prodigal Son took to save himself. He joined with a pig farmer as a hired servant. The word “joined” is from a Greek word having a primary meaning to “glue or cement together.” The Prodigal Son placed his life and welfare in the hands of a farmer rather than seeking God’s help.
Prodigal Christians can make unwise associations with lost people. Such cases are: marrying a lost person, partnering in business with lost partners – working for unethical, dishonest or immoral people and joining worldly clubs and organizations. The Bible directly forbids us to commit ourselves to lost people. “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers…” II Corinthians 6:14 “Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord…” II Corinthians 6:17
We have seen the unrestrained and riotous folly of the Prodigal Son. Tomorrow we will see the awakening of his spirit. Until then may GOD BLESS YOU