Sunday, March 14, 2010

Today is Prodigal Son Sunday. I can see your eyes glazing over already. Not because it's not a good reading but because you'd be hard pressed to find someone who hasn't heard it a million times. But because we have all heard it so many times it's an easy one to write off as well. I guess that's what got me trying to think about it in a different way. Maybe you have already thought of every possible interpretation but here's one that was new to me.

So, I was thinking about the son taking his inheritance and squandering it. I always thought about it very literally as the sons spending all of his fathers money. But today I was thinking about the inheritance as the gifts and talents that God has given us. We all have gifts and talents of some sort whether it's being compassionate, personable, intelligent, wealthy, charismatic, attractive, handy, crafty, a great speaker... the list could go on forever. In light of the story let's say that the son was a wonderful speaker. He could talk anyone into anything. Now, he has the opportunity to use this gift to build up his fathers kingdom OR he can use it for himself. He can use it to evangelize to others and be a great example OR he could also use it instead to gain things only for himself.

So my reflection of the day is this: what are my gifts and what do I do with them. Do I use them in a way that gives back to God or do I use them to glorify myself? Am I squandering my inheritance?

1 comment:

  1. Great thoughts and interpretation. This topic has been on my mind for a while. I'm a teacher, but have been out of the classroom for 1 1/2 years as a coach. I don't really enjoy it and feel like my "gifts" would be better served in the classroom. Most teachers don't really want my help, and there are a few that need help but don't know they need help? My struggle has been how to approach them. My choice has been to mostly ignore them. I spoke to a friend who said God was not going to let me out of this job till I touched those whom I was supposed to touch. Problem is, I don't want to touch them! I know God's up there just being patient with me, but I just keep doing (for the most part) what I want to do, not what He wants me to do. I hope I can come to some resolution within myself to use my gifts the way God wants me to use them - not how I think they should be used! Thanks for your post!