The Other Lost Son

Posted on May 11, 2009. Filed under: Ed Lapiz | Tags: , , |

Things usually come in pairs.  For every right, there’s a left.  The story of the prodigal son talks about two sons, who in turn represent two types and archetypes of people.

Most of us are familiar with this story where one son asked for all his inheritance and squandered it all away in a foreign country.

Two sons were lost.  How was the other son lost when he had always been home, working with his father?

1. He didn’t find pleasure in seeing his brother back.  He didn’t count him a brother or himself part of the family.  He didn’t become happy when he saw his father happy.  He also refused to participate in the merriment.

2. He enumerated his good deeds to his father and

3. He never knew about his father’s generosity, kindness and graciousness even after years of being with him.  He never even tried to ask for anything.  In other words, the prodigal son knew about his father’s goodness better than the other one.  He didn’t even try because he didn’t think his father was generous enough.

The relationship between the other lost son and the father was premised on formality and legality.  He depended on works, not grace.  Meanwhile, the relationship of the father to the prodigal son was based on grace.  Even though he was lost, he never doubted that his father would accept him.

When you don’t ask for something you want or expect to be given and later on bring up how you’ve worked hard and given so much, the good things you did were already repaid.

There are those who keep asking and believe God to be gracious and generous, even as they don’t do much.  There are also those who deprive themselves, thinking that they could earn points to deserve the goodness of God.

Both sons were lost.  One was physically lost, the other spiritually lost.  Anumang buti ang ginagawa, pag sinumbat, bayad na.

This could also be compared to husbands and wives whose hearts are far away from each other.

Signs of Being Lost

1. unhappy disposition

2. legalism

It’s more deceiving to see a physically lost person than those who are physically near but spiritually lost.  It’s sometimes easier for the truly sinful than the spiritual leaders.

Don’t expect a royal welcome when you come back.

God loves us infinitely more than we can imagine.

Are we sensitive to the people around us? May mga taong kailangang alukin at bigyan ng assurance.  Ipadama, ipaalam, ipabatid ang pagmamahal.

Ang pangunahing misperception ay hindi sila mahal.

Malayo ba ang loob natin sa ‘di dapat layuan?

Sariwain kung bakit ba tayo naglilingkod sa Panginoon.


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    We don’t have to make the same mistakes those before us made so we could learn the lesson, we simply have to listen to and apply their advice.


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