Distancing

Read
"A man had two sons. The younger son told his father, 'I want my share of your estate now before you die.' So his father agreed to divide his wealth between his sons." Luke 15:11-12

Reflect
Normally an estate was not divided among the children until a father was too old to manage the daily operations or had passed away. The younger son's request demonstrated a blatant lack of respect for his father. In effect, he was saying to his father, "I wish you were dead. I can't wait until you die. I want my money now."

Although it was painful for him to hear those words from his son, the father did as the son requested. In short order, the son was packed and ready to leave his home.

In this story, the younger son openly rebelled. He demanded his inheritance before the proper time, left home, and wasted his money on wild living. But there are reasons, other than blatant sin, that may cause you to slowly, subtly, unintentionally create distance from God.

Respond
Why do you think the younger son was so eager to distance himself from his father?

Think about a time when you distanced yourself from God. What created the distance?

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