Some people in our church have two sons. They both grew up in the same home but now they've gone very different ways. One is a dedicated Christian but the other is rebellious and wants nothing to do with God. How could this happen?
Do you remember Jesus’ parable of the prodigal son? (You can read it in Luke 15:11-32). It tells of two sons who grew up together, but then – like the sons in this family – went radically different ways.
Why did it happen? And why does it happen today? The parents in Jesus’ parable weren’t at fault; the father was generous to both sons and loved them both very much. The fault instead was solely that of the rebellious son, who was determined to turn his back on all he’d been taught and run his own life. And for a time he thought he’d made the right decision, because his life was filled with all the pleasures his money could buy. Only later did he admit his foolishness and return home.
As parents, we are called to do all we can to teach our children the difference between right and wrong – and most of all, to teach them about God and the place He should have in their lives. The Bible says of God’s words, “Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up” (Deuteronomy 11:19). But sometimes children rebel anyway – even if we can’t explain it.
Pray for this family – and encourage them to pray also, and to let their wayward son know they still love him. Most of all, urge them to let him know that God loves him even more and stands ready to forgive him and set his feet on a better path.