The Prodigal Family
Characteristics of Members of the Prodigal Family
Give Me My Portion
11 Then He said: “A certain man had two sons. 12 And the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the portion of goods that falls to me.’ So he divided to them his livelihood. 13 And not many days after, the younger son gathered all together, journeyed to a far country, and there wasted his possessions with prodigal living.
What are you saying, prodigal?
my kitchen, etc.
When Fun Turns Into Famine
14 But when he had spent all, there arose a severe famine in that land, and he began to be in want. 15 Then he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country, and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. 16 And he would gladly have filled his stomach with the pods that the swine ate, and no one gave him anything.
The Moment of Repentance
17 “But when he came to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! 18 I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you, 19 and I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me like one of your hired servants.” ’
Sometimes you have to go way down before you can come to yourself.
You can go down, but you need to go deep (Jonah).
The prodigal son came to himself
Your marital success is not dependent on you.
Your marital success does not depend on your spouse.
Your marital success is dependent upon your utter dependence on God.
The Father has the answers.
More importantly, the Father can restore you to the husband or wife He intends for you to be.
I Was Wrong. I Am Sorry
20 “And he arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him. 21 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 came to himself and said, “My father’s servants have it better than me.”
And there you have it. To go from being a prodigal to being a servant is the key to restoration and blessing in your family.
WE CANNOT EXPECT OUR CHILDREN TO COME HOME FROM THEIR PRODIGAL LIVING UNTIL WE BECOME THE SERVANT OF GOD, THE SERVANT OF OUR SPOUSE, THE SERVANT OF OUR CHILDREN, AND THE SERVANT OF THE KINGDOM.
Samuel Rodriguez preached a sermon called “One Touch” a few years ago about the story of Jairus’ daughter and the woman with the issue of blood. Jesus was on his way to heal someone’s child, but before He could get there, a woman needed healing. His premise was that we cannot expect our children to be whole and live holy until we first get whole and live holy.
If you believe your marriage has room to improve, if you believe you have room to improve, if you have had a moment today where you “came to yourself,” then come to this altar with your spouse—if he or she is here—and repent, and commit to be a servant. We cannot believe for our children to be holy if we are not holy. It is time to breathe life into our homes again and believe for repentance and restoration in our marriages that can lead to repentance and restoration of our children.
The Grace and Mercy of God
22 “But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet. 23 And bring the fatted calf here and kill it, and let us eat and be merry; 24 for this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ And they began to be merry.
The grace of God gives you freedom from your sin and guilt. The mercy of God does not allow you to be destroyed by it. If you want to be able to rejoice over a lost loved one or child that comes home, we want to help. Write his or her name or their names on a piece of paper. We have paper and pens at the altar. We will help you pray for your prodigals, and we pray for these dry bones to come alive.