And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight, and am no longer worthy to be called your son.’
THE PRODIGAL SON – PART 1
Many have read or heard of the prodigal son story Jesus shared in Luke 15. Often the emphasis is on the son who had received his inheritance from his father and he went away and wasted his inheritance. But something that is rarely seen and I believe is one of the most important parts of the story is revealed in both of these brothers.
This younger son who took his inheritance and went to a far country, and after he had spent all he had, he got a job feeding another man’s pigs. He would have gladly eaten the pigs food, but he was given nothing to eat. Realizing his fathers servants ate better than him, he goes home but he makes a powerful statement to his father in the above verse. He repented for what he had done, but he said he was not worthy to be called his son. The father surprises him by putting a rob, ring, and new sandals on his son, and he even throws him a party.
The father was glad his son was home. He did not treat him like a servant, because he was still his son. This young man was trying to find his worth in what he had done. He belittled himself for how he had been living. No matter what we have done if we have been born again, we are still sons and daughters of God. We should repent for wrong living and return to our Father, but our worth is found in who we are as God’s children, not in our actions. What we do does not change who we are once we have been born again.