“I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Treat me as one of your hired servants.”
Luke 15:19 (ESV)
Sonship is the highest honor throughout Scripture. Knowing that you are connected to a heritage, a blood line, and a father means that you have purpose, belonging, and inheritance. Without being a son or a daughter, the orphan life is one defined by lack, loss, and meaninglessness. This runaway son had desired to pursue his own life and forsake home.
There was a time in my life when I never wanted to return home. I was away at college and to return home reminded me of the life that I should have been living and not the life that I was living. I had strayed from the Lord and had been pursuing my own path. However, when I finally returned home, I found that the rejection that I expected was not present. Instead, I found family who loved me and wanted to encourage me to grow beyond my pain.
The prodigal son, in his fear of going home, believed that he wouldn’t receive the homecoming he wanted. However, this is due to the fact that he didn’t know how wonderful his father really was. The Father of the prodigal was full of compassion. The true place where home is looks beyond the problems and sees the possibilities. A loving Father always sees what we can be fully with him rather than what we see in ourselves.
Practical Application: In the next conversation you have with someone, look for the potential they have. Identify and affirm that quality or trait instead of recognizing the mistakes of the other.