Kampala has many street children who display the spirit of an orphan. They aggressively show-up at the street corner or traffic lights demanding some kind of help. Living on the streets without cover and care, gives these kids the spirit of an orphan. Sadly when children don’t grow into sons, at some point they begin to function as orphans. The spirit of an orphan breeds hate, fear, rebellion, and disorder! A disregard of authority, indiscipline, taskmaster, self-reliant, independence, legalism, insecurity, need for approval, always fighting spirit. Ultimately this is a spirit of abandonment where no one wants to deal with or associate with you.
The prodigal son begun to exhibit all the above traits after he left the father’s house and squandered his entire inheritance. He finally found himself wallowing in the wanton weary paddles reserved for orphans and woke from his nightmare when it dawned on him that as a son he had much more in the father’s care. Even the servants in the father’s house were somehow blessed as sons. Throwing this orphan spirit onto the side, he begun to go back to his place of sonship. Rejected and dejected, he interjected this degraded situation with the reminder of his place as a son and started the journey back home. Refuse to be an orphan and walk as a son today!
SCRIPTURE READING: Luke 15:11-20 And the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the portion of goods that falls [to me.]’ So he divided to them [his] livelihood. And not many days after, the younger son gathered all together, journeyed to a far country, and there wasted his possessions with prodigal living. But when he had spent all, there arose a severe famine in that land, and he began to be in want. Then he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country, and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. And he would gladly have filled his stomach with the pods that the swine ate, and no one gave him anything. “But when he came to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you, and I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me like one of your hired servants.” And he arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him.
DEVOTION PRAYER: My God, am glad that I am in Your care. Am grateful to be called Your child. I possess Your inheritance in Jesus’ name. Amen