We first meet the soon-to-be prodigal son in Luke 15:12. It is easy to discern that he had a yearning to taste the things of the world. He was anxious to leave his father, family and home. His father’s love and caring no longer constrained him. Did he think he would have a better life out there in the world? He will soon find out.
In order to facilitate a soon departure the prodigal son asked his father for his share of the inheritance. It seems that his request was more of a demand, for his words were: “Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me.” There is no polite “please” or “thank you” from the son showing his unappreciative and ungrateful spirit. It seems that the father quickly, but reluctantly no doubt, acquiesced to his son’s request.
I see the prodigal son’s father as typifying the Christians’ Father. At our plea for salvation God instantly and freely heaps His blessings upon us. We become His children – His family members – and being so we have an inheritance the world could never match. We learn in Romans 8:17 that God makes us His heirs and joint-heirs with Jesus Christ. We can’t even begin to imagine what that inheritance will be like.
In verse 13 the prodigal son gets his inheritance and soon splits to a far country. The far country is not named but we can know some things about it. First, that far country is typical of the sinful world without God. Sin rules in all countries. Second, though this is not common thought, that far country like all countries was Satan’s world. Remember when the Devil offered Jesus the kingdoms of the world if he would worship him? See Matthew Chapter 4 Satan is the present temporary ruler of the world’s kingdoms.
Third, that far country to which the prodigal son fled would overcome him – would get the best of him. Those who live in this world following the world’s system must become victims of it. That goes for prodigal sons and prodigal Christians alike.
Unlike the prodigal son a prodigal Christian does not have to leave home to flee Father God. All he has to do is cease being faithful and stop serving God. That will surely produce a prodigal Christian. A prodigal Christian, like the Prodigal Son, will soon experience defeat.
We will take notice of the Prodigal Son’s lifestyle next time. It should be a real enlightener for Christians. Until then may GOD BLESS YOU