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What is the biggest danger in the world today? Is it poverty and disease? Environmental issues or the threat of nuclear war?
No. These are only the consequences of a much bigger problem. That is, living in a world that is in rebellion against the One who created us. More than anything else, we need to be restored to a proper relationship with God, our Heavenly Father.
Like the son in the story, our part in the restoration process is repentance. First, he recognized that he had no one to blame but himself for his own wrong choices. Then he set out to do something about it by running to admit his faults to his father. What he didn't expect to find was that his father had been waiting for his return all along with love and forgiveness.
When we come to God through prayer, He takes us exactly as we are, gives us a new life and a clean start.
The Parable of the Lost Son
Once a man had two sons. The younger son said to his father, 'Give me my share of the property.' So the father divided his property between his two sons.
Not long after that, the younger son packed up everything he owned and left for a foreign country, where he wasted all his money in wild living. He had spent everything, when a bad famine spread through that whole land. Soon he had nothing to eat.
He went to work for a man in that country, and the man sent him out to take care of his pigs. He would have been glad to eat what the pigs were eating, but no one gave him a thing.
Finally, he came to his sense and said, 'My father's workers have plenty to eat, and here I am, starving to death! I will go to my father and say to him, Father, I have sinned against God in heaven and against you. I am no longer good enough to be called your son. Treat me like one of your workers.'
The younger son got up and started back to his father. But when he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt sorry for him. He ran to his son and hugged and kissed him.
The son said, 'Father, I have sinned against God in heaven and against you, I am no longer good enough to be called your son.'
But his father said to the servants, 'Hurry and bring the best clothes and put them on him. Give him a ring for his finger and sandals for his feet. Get the best calf and prepare it, so we can eat and celebrate. This son of mine was dead, but has now come back to life. He was lost and has now been found.' And they began to celebrate.
The older son had been out in the field. But when he came near the house, he heard the music and dancing. So he called one of the servants over and asked, 'What's going on here?'
The servant answered, 'Your brother has come home safe and sound, and your father ordered us to kill the best calf.' The older brother got so angry that he would not even go into the house.
His father came out and begged him to go in. But he said to his father, 'For years I have worked for you like a slave and have always obeyed you. But you have never even given me a little goat, so that I could give a dinner for my friends. This other son of yours wasted your money on prostitutes. And now that he has come home, you ordered the best calf to be killed for a feast.'
His father replied, 'My son, you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. But we should be glad and celebrate! Your brother was dead, but he is now alive. He was lost and has now been found.
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Hi, I'm Ralph Gregore Masalihit!
An RFP Graduate (Registered Financial Planner Institute - Philippines).
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