“’My son,’ the father said, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’” Luke 15:31-32.
Verses chosen from today’s Bible reading: Genesis 37-38, Psalm 7, and Luke 15.
The son in this story was riled up because of the special treatment his brother had received.
On first read, you think that the brother had the best interests of his father in mind. Not so.
The brother had left and taken his fortune with him. Now he was back. How would his return affect the older brother’s fortune?
If the older brother had been Godly, how might he have done things differently?
I think that he would have been sad to see his brother leave in the first place. I am guessing that he was glad to see him gone.
Then as the time lengthened that the brother was absent, I think that his brother could have gone and searched for him to see how he was doing. If that had been done, the older brother would have realized the trouble his brother was in. He could have brought his brother home and shared in a joyful family reunion.
Instead, the brother was self-absorbed. How will this impact me? Shouldn’t I be rewarded for not doing what he did? No concern anywhere for the well-being of his brother.
My selfishness is sin. I am told to love others. I am told that others are supposed to bring out the best in me, not the worst.
I cannot live as I should without being totally dedicated to God. It is all counter-intuitive otherwise.
“Lord, great story. I started out sympathizing with the older brother and then realized that You loved the prodigal son. The older brother’s attitude was selfish and ungodly. Forgive me for loving me more than those in my midst. Saturate me with Your Holy Spirit. I cannot function rightly without that. I love You, Lord.”
Have you acted like the “older brother” lately?