Saturday: March 14, 2020

Luke 15:12 And the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of property that is coming to me.’ And he divided his property between them.

The ending to the parable of the prodigal son often receives a greater attention because it presents a climax and a platform to draw significant lessons from. However, the introductory verse to this story also presents us with a very interesting turn of events. The younger son walks up to his father, who probably showed no signs of impending demise, to request for his portion of inheritance.

That was equivalent to saying ‘since you aren’t dying yet, can I have what will come to me when you go a little earlier? Many will therefore condemn the words of this young man as irresponsible and even dangerous because he portrays the image of a greedy son all too eager to claim an inheritance. That is a negative image.

However, his actions do teach us something beautiful: to know what belongs to us and to be bold in asking for them. What he requested was ‘his share of the inheritance’: not his brother’s because He knew with clarity and certainty that something was due to come to him. He knew an inheritance was guaranteed to be his portion and that information was central to his decision to approach His father.

You bet his father would have been surprised by the request, yet he complies with no complaint because his son was duly entitled to what he asked. Maybe, the timing could have been better, but that is a lesson to be pursued in another discourse. Beloved, when you know what is yours, the confidence with which you ask for it is different. There are many promises of God for you: the question is do you know about them? If not, start looking. And if you do, have you demanded their fulfilment in your life?


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