Today, I want to post a song by Quincy Tolliver called Prodigal Son to encourage those that have fallen away from the faith like the prodigal son who went and spent his inheritance on foolish things and became destitute as a result of his foolish actions. Despite his selfish behavior he came back to his father and his father received him with joy despite his selfish actions. The love of his father brought back dignity to the son who squandered his inheritance to his selfish desires. In the same way, Jesus is like that to us. He is like the father waiting for us to come back to Him even after we have been selfish and wasting ourselves away to our selfish desires and wants.
The Parable of the Lost Son
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. 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.
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.”’
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.’
22 “But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring[a] 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.
25 “Now his older son was in the field. And as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing. 26 So he called one of the servants and asked what these things meant. 27 And he said to him, ‘Your brother has come, and because he has received him safe and sound, your father has killed the fatted calf.’
28 “But he was angry and would not go in. Therefore his father came out and pleaded with him. 29 So he answered and said to his father, ‘Lo, these many years I have been serving you; I never transgressed your commandment at any time; and yet you never gave me a young goat, that I might make merry with my friends. 30 But as soon as this son of yours came, who has devoured your livelihood with harlots, you killed the fatted calf for him.’
31 “And he said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that I have is yours. 32 It was right that we should make merry and be glad, for your brother was dead and is alive again, and was lost and is found.’”
Nothing can keep you away from the love of the father. Nothing can keep you away from the love of Jesus Christ. It doesn’t matter how far you have strayed from the path, God is always waiting for you to return to him like this father waited for his prodigal son to return to him. There is no greater joy to God than to have His children return back to the loving arms of their loving Father God. So my message today is, that it doesn’t matter how far you have strayed from the faith, Jesus Christ is still waiting for you to return to Him with arms wide open because He has loved you with an everlasting love, Amen! I pray that when you hear and listen to this song, it’ll minister to your spirit today. God Bless You everybody!