Our life group started a study of Tim Keller’s book The Prodigal God tonight. We highly recommend the book.
The word “prodigal” does not mean “wayward” but, according to Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, “recklessly spendthrift.” It means to spend until you have nothing left. This term is therefore as appropriate for describing the father in the story as his younger son. The father’s welcome to the repentant son was literally reckless, because he refused to “reckon” or count his sin against him or demand repayment.
Makes you think, right? Under this definition, the story in Luke 15 has much more meaning and application.
As we discussed this tonight, a question came to me: How could we be more prodigal?
- Toward neighbors
- Toward siblings
- Toward friends
- Toward coworkers
- Toward anyone that is physically, spiritually, or emotionally disconnected
If God, my Heavenly Father, recklessly forgives, loves, endures, welcomes, provides, embraces, longsuffers, probably means I should also. Maybe I should be more prodigal.