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PRODIGAL SON 2: OLDER AND GRUMPIER (1)

PRODIGAL SON 2: OLDER AND GRUMPIER (1)

Here’s a story you may have heard before. A father. Two sons. The younger brother wants out of the house. He leaves and messes up. On return, he is welcomed by daddy with open arms and a big party.

Is this about leaving home for college?

Nope.

It’s about walking out on what our ‘father’ God wants.

He has an awful lot in store for His ‘children’, but sometimes we don’t want to live under His care. Now, let’s look a bit closer: Both sons had their faults: one was miserable, but obedient.

The other, younger one was the classic rule-breaker of the story. It’s hard to say who was really worse, deep down. See, both of them were self-centered. You might not be the problem child, but (and we know this is tough to consider) do you have any traits of the jealous older brother?

In the parable, the father says ‘…we had to celebrate and be glad,…’ (Luke 15:32 NIV) to the older brother, and the older brother didn’t like the sound of that. He didn’t want the younger boy to get a share of what the father was undeservingly giving to them both.

Sometimes, even though we’re right in front of the Father, we can be so focused on the faults of others that we forget to look to Him for guidance. (Yep, been there, done that.)

What now?
Start with a pack of gum. Choose to point out the positives in others, rather than being jealous.
And during those conversations, give them a piece of gum.

‘…There was a man who had two sons.’ Luke 15:11 NIV

Joy Ferdiz

March 31st, 2014

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