Making Sense!

The story of the prodigal son is the most heard and loved parable of Jesus. There is more to this story than meets the eye. So many layers and levels maybe because we all relate to it at all these levels.

“There was a man who had two sons. The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them. “Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living. After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything.

This story illustrates the Heavenly Father, His Kingdom and the Man-made in God’s own image but fallen from His grace.

Like this popular prodigal son, we consider this life as a possession we earned. We proudly showcase it to the world and spend it off to get everything which brings a spark to the eyes or fancy our untamed mind. Sometimes we do get a feeling that in exchange for this dormant thing called soul we can earn the whole world. Some of us even try this trick, but slowly this world starts revealing its true colour which is none other than darkness and we start stumbling over even a tiny pebble. Some of us fall flat on the face to the ground.

Eventually, the troubleshooting begins in our own style. A fight to get the identity and dignity back from the world, forgetting this place is not the source but just the market place. Few join the survival of the fittest group by struggling against the time. We often have this delusion that as this time passes, things will get better or else we can always call it quits and get out of its rule once and for all. At these crucial moments, whatever gives us temporary support to cling on, we end up worshipping and admiring it. Be it a paper with heads of famous bald and wigged people, shiny glittery things or any other sinking ship of this world.

Jesus Continued: “When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.’ So he got up and went to his father. “But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him. “The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ “But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate.

When this prodigal son came to his senses he remembered his father. He realized that he has sinned; he was lost, broke and depressed but then decided to return to his father’s house.

In this temporary physical body the sense organs: eyes, ears, nose, tongue and skin are to connect with and know our temporary external world. In order to know the permanent eternal world, our spiritual senses should be awakened, only then will we get an understanding of our Heavenly Father, His kingdom and His grace

Stop driving yourself crazy; just take a U-turn for a return journey to the Heavenly Father’s kingdom. He is the source of this life. The time we have and the space we occupy all belong to Him. As we come to our spiritual senses we will be joining a beautiful Journey with HIM to HIS KINGDOM!

May God Almighty Bless You All!

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