The Prodigal Son
R. B. THIEME, JR
And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living. (Luke 15:12)
By way of analogy, “the portion of goods” that falls to the younger son is related to the divine operating assets provided by God for your Christian life. Are you aware that you are a spiritual millionaire? Per- haps you have been living as a spiritual pauper because you are not cognizant of the fact that there are thousands of promises which be-
long to you as a Christian.
Bible doctrine. How many promises have you claimed during the past week? How tragic when you do not claim what belongs to you. I sus- pect if you had a million dollars in your checking account right now, you might write one or two checks during the week. So, why not draw on the Father’s limitless account? God is ‘tapping His foot,’ waiting (Isa. 30:18) to supply you with many temporal blessings of the Chris- tian life. But, your carnality strangles the possibility of your receiving any of these wonderful blessings.
Each promise is based on a principle of
The younger son made a very legitimate request. He wanted in ad- vance what would soon be his anyway. Parents in the ancient world saved for their children in order to get them properly launched in life. When he asked for the portion of goods that would be his inheritance, he was asking for what was legitimately his. This is the meaning of the phrase, “that falleth to me.”
What was the father’s reaction? He divided his wealth between his sons. Both sons received their portion. Likewise, God the Father has divided His goods, or ‘divine operating capital,’ among all believers. The issue now becomes a matter of appropriation and utilization. How will you use the capital God has provided? Verse 13 begins the story of the younger son and how he used the capital his father had given him.
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