Lessons from Luke

It’s a wonderful truth that God loves all people and wants all people to live with Him in eternity!

God Counts Different Than Us

Scripture Reading: Luke 15

Key Verse: Luke 15:10

“In the same way, there is joy in the presence of God’s angels when even one sinner repents.”

In the last segment of the parable of the Prodigal Son, Jesus describes the older brother and his problem with what his younger brother did.

I relate to this older brother in that I was raised in the church and never lived a wild lifestyle that this world can offer a person. I certainly wasn’t without sin; I failed the Lord many times. However, even in my failures, I never strayed far from my relationship with God through Jesus.

Maybe you were raised in a church as well and never wrecked your life with drugs, alcohol, and unrestrained sexual behavior. Maybe you watched others, some even in the church you attended, wreck their lives and you had thoughts of spiritual superiority. Haven’t we all said or thought things like “at least I haven’t done that”. Well, if any of those sounds familiar, perhaps you can relate to this older brother in Jesus’s parable.

The older brother’s problem with his brother’s return was the way the father was so generous with the younger brother. The father had already given the younger brother his inheritance. Now the father wants to give have a great celebration even after he spent all his money on riotous living. That just wasn’t fair, in the older brother’s opinion.

And, we have zero problem with understanding this older brother’s perspective; it really wasn’t fair! However, I think all of us are grateful for the fact that our Father in heaven doesn’t operate with our understanding of fair. If we got what was fair, all of us would be in big trouble.

This father of the Prodigal Son was the head of the family, the owner of the farm, and had every right to act “unfairly”, and be generous with his money. This farmer did show compassion toward the older brother as well. As soon as he realized his older son was having trouble with the situation, he went to and reasoned with his older son.

Listen to his reasoning, and remember, this is how our heavenly Father sees us who have never lived a wild lifestyle: “His father said to him, ‘Look, dear son, you have always stayed by me, and everything I have is yours. We had to celebrate this happy day. For your brother was dead and has come back to life! He was lost, but now he is found!'”(Luke 15:31-32).

Let’s be sure to rejoice with heaven’s angels every time a “wild sinner” repents. Let’s remember our Father has been generous with us and we should rejoice at His generosity with others. It’s a wonderful truth that God loves all people and wants all people to live with Him in eternity!

Father, help me to ever think like the older brother, but rejoice in your love and mercy to all of us! In Jesus’s Name I pray, amen.

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