“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.’” (Luke 15:21).
When a man truly comes to his senses, his language changes. Out goes the language of entitlement. In comes an attitude of unworthiness. On his departure the Prodigal demands his share of his father’s estate. As he returns he throws himself at the mercy of his father. On leaving he takes his heritage for granted but returns with no expectations. On leaving he abandons his sonship but will gladly accept servanthood on his return. On leaving he prides himself in his rights but will happily settle for any privileges on his return. On his outward journey he stresses merit; on his return trip he begs for mercy. He leaves full of himself and returns empty-handed and humble. He returns with an awareness of the temporal and eternal impact of his transgression. He admits his folly openly and doesn’t justify himself. He’s truly sorry, remorseful and repentant. That’s how the father knew the guy was ready for true sonship and resultant benefits (to be unpacked tomorrow). Today let’s pray for our friends and family who are still far from God. Pray for genuine conviction and true repentance.