Don't Be A Prodigal Christian

J. D. Conley
January 21, 2018

Prodigal means wasteful. A Christian should shun wastefulness in every aspect of life. Not engaging in wastefulness is a challenge in a land of plenty. Americans enjoy and have become accustomed to abundant living, so much so that we’ve taken it for granted assuming there will always be plenty. Therefore, wasteful ways and habits are formed with little thought given to using all of what we have.

Food - is wasted by the ton in this country. One report states that a Chicago public school recently threw away 334 pounds of uneaten whole food in a single day. Leftovers have become throw-outs. After Jesus fed the 5000 He had the leftovers gathered up into twelve baskets, thereby setting an example not to be wasteful. Fast food restaurants are notorious for throwing away lots of unsold product at day’s end. It’s a shame that wasting food has become the norm in America.

Clothing- is tossed out before it is worn out or even out of fashion. What do the big stores do with all of the clothes they don't sell? Some of them are cut with razors and thrown in the dumpster. I've seen this done, and then the loss is written off.

Teaching Materials- are wasted in the sense they are not used. Tracts and DVD’s are left undisturbed in their racks, gathering dust. Periodicals that could be read and learned from also lie dormant where they were placed.

Time And Opportunities- are permitted to slide by as though they are limitless. But time will all be gone soon enough, never to return, (Eph. 5:16, Col.4:5, Jas. 4:14).

Talent And Wealth- too are spent on inferior things other than teaching and spreading the gospel. A prodigal Christian utterly fails to be a good steward of what has been entrusted to him, (Lk. 16:1-12, 2Cor. 4:7, 1Pet.4:10).

Don't be a prodigal Christian, rather use fully what has been graciously given unto you by God’s bountiful hand.