The Prodigal Son: What You Can Learn From His Story

What can you really learn from the Prodigal son in the bible story Jesus shared?

prodigal sonI have read this popular story from Jesus Christ on many occasions. I believe you must have done so too.

We have all criticized or loathed what the prodigal son did. He asked for his inheritance from his father, left home and wasted all in careless living in a foreign country. However God’s Spirit has helped me to bring out some great success principles from this story. I’m sharing one of it today.

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“A certain man had two sons.  And the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the portion of goods that falls to me’ (Luke 15:12).

This is usually the roots of the problems of lots of Christians who underachieved or who is under achieving. They lack the knowledge of who they are. They lack adequate information and understanding about their Christian status.  They don’t know the Father they have in God almighty.

The prodigal son knew this. He knew he had a very rich father. He knew he had an inheritance which should come from his father to him. He knew who he was.

For many years now I have studied the different ‘I am’ statements of Jesus Christ during His ministry. He was fond of saying: “I am the Vine; “I’m the Door to the sheep”; “I’m the good Shepherd”; “I’m the Way, the Truth and the Life”. He said all these under intense pressure and criticisms by the elders of the Jews, the Sadducees and the Pharisees.

Whatever the pressure, a good understanding of who He was would always keep Him focused on what He wanted to achieve.

Christianity turns you into a person in the class of God. Jesus said, “As I am so you are”.

You must have a good understanding of who you are in Christ. The prodigal son wouldn’t have approached his father if he was not aware of who he was or his sonship status in the house of his father.  Agreed he was not ready when he approached his father but that’s another topic for another book. The success principles you should pick up from here is that he knew who he was, he understood his sonship status and this pushed him to approach his father.

Most Christians are reluctant and afraid to ask God for wealth-building ideas! God’s happy and ready to give you great ideas if you ask Him. You’re a son and you’re dear to Him. He wants to give you the power to achieve great things on this earth.

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About Sesan Oguntade

Sesan Ogunotade is a Success Motivator and Christian Personal Development expert. He is the President of Success Christian Home and the Founder of The Success Laboratory Int’l Seminars. Loves to write books and He writes the Bible Short Reports series available free of charge on this website or at You can contact him through the contact page on this blog.

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