The parable of the Prodigal Son is one of the more famous passages of scripture.
If you’re not familiar with it, read it in Luke 15:11-32. It’s a great parable, but naming it “The Story of the Prodigal Son” is a bad name for it. Perhaps a more accurate title would be “Two differing misunderstandings of Father and His House.”
There are two sons living in their dad’s house. Evidently the dad was loaded (money-wise), because when the rebellious son left, he got a bunch of his inheritance to spend for a long time. Also, the dad had at least one ring and could sacrifice his animals for a feast when he wanted. The point is, both of these sons had it made, yet neither of them knew it. If you’re reading this blog, I’m guessing you’re more on the “silent obedient” son’s side of the spectrum. In other words, we’re more prone to obey externally but hold resentment in our hearts than actually behaviorally walking out wickedness. I know I personally am definitely more in this category.
Simply stated, the second son didn’t understand the nature of his own dad’s heart. Here he was, living in his own dad’s house, and not really grasping the parameters of what was possible.
I believe I am the same way. I have had glimpses of the Fathers’ heart, but He is still caged in my paradigms formed by my history and preferences as to what He is like and how He behaves and does and doesn’t do..
Undoubtedly, there are resources in His storehouse (Him) that are beyond my comprehension.
P.S. Ever notice how some of these blogs posts are very detailed and well thought-out, and others (like mine) are much shorter and just sort of point you in a general direction? Well, that’s kind of like how certain homes are: some rooms are ornate and highly decorated, and other rooms are more bare and minimalist. Therein is the fun-ness and diversity of Jesus’ house.