And not many days after, the younger son gathered all together, journeyed to a far country, and there wasted his possessions with prodigal living. Luke 15:13
The younger son was under the authority of his father. His father provided for all his needs, and taught him life and work skills.
The son no longer wanted those things.
He wanted out on his own. He wanted to make his own way. He wanted to provide for himself. He thought he’d learned enough and now knew better. His father’s ways were old-fashioned and out-dated. Times have changed and father’s ideas were of the past.
The son demanded what belonged to him and left.
If you don’t know the rest of the story, the son wasted everything his father gave him. His lifestyle abruptly changed. His father’s morals no longer applied to him. His father’s out-dated ideas were distant from his mind. Instead of his father’s discipline, the young man began experience the freedom to sin.
He ignored the teaching of his father’s word to keep himself pure and away from certain people who only want to corrupt him.
That’s exactly what happened.
So called friends exploited his inheritance until he had nothing left.
He ended up working in a low pay, low level job that also went against everything his father trained him to believe.
I mentioned he experienced the freedom to sin.
This freedom is not to sin but is actually a freedom from God.
Romans 6:20 says when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness.
When the young man freed himself from his father, he became a slave of sin, though he thought it was freedom!
The book of Romans continues to expound about this very situation: What fruit did you have then in the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death. Rom 6:21
The young man looked at his life.
He looked at where he came from and where he was.
Life had taken a downhill spiral. It thought it was a fun ride but it left him on the bottom and it seemed a difficult climb out of this pit he dug for himself.
He returned back to his father! He came repenting and desired only restoration as a servant. He returned back to the instruction and teaching of his father – back to righteousness and holiness.
Now he truly is set free – free from sin!
Rom 6: 22 But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life.