“A prudent servant will rule over a disgraceful son and will share the inheritance as one of the family.” Proverbs 17:2
A prudent servant is one who has served his master over the years. He has diligently worked and faithfully carried out his duties without even the slightest hint that he would be compensated at his master’s death. The prudent servant serves.
The disgraceful son takes. This is the mindset that what the father owns automatically belongs to the child. The dad’s money should fund his lifestyle, his habits, his toys, his indiscretions. He wants, what he wants, when he wants it. He takes what he wants, when he wants it. He cares about the stuff, not the father. He wants the money, not the relationship. The father is the bank. The servants are beneath him and are there to serve him.
So, when the will is read and the servant receives more than the son, it is a rude awakening for the child, but is applauded by everyone looking on.
Father, I don’t ever want to act as if you were my personal ATM only coming out of a need for more. I want the relationship not just the stuff You can give. Help me to become that prudent servant in Your kingdom.