devotional post # 2008
Luk 15:25 “Now his older son was in the field. As he came and approached the house, he heard music and dancing.
Luk 15:26 So he called one of the slaves and asked what was happening.
Luk 15:27 The slave replied, ‘Your brother has returned, and your father has slaughtered the fattened calf because he got his son back safe and sound.’
Luk 15:28 But the older son became angry and refused to go in. His father came out and appealed to him,
Luk 15:29 but he answered his father, ‘Look! All these many years I have worked like a slave for you, and I never disobeyed your commands. Yet you never gave me even a goat so that I could party with my friends!
Luk 15:30 But when this son of yours came back, who has devoured your assets with prostitutes, you slaughtered the fattened calf for him!’
Luk 15:31 Then the father said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and everything that belongs to me is yours.
Luk 15:32 It was necessary to have a party and be glad, because your brother was dead, and is alive; he was lost and is found.'”
where the line is drawn
The older son could only see his brother’s mistakes. He failed to appreciate the miracle of restoration that was taking place, and he even blamed the father for lavishly showing love and grace. He considered himself entitled but his brother reprobate.
This world is made up of the haves and the have-nots. But the line is drawn at the border of the father’s house.
LORD, thank you for loving the lost back to yourself.