Hitting the Mark
Compassion for Lost and Broken – Part 7
Scripture Reading: Luke 15:1-13
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 this third story there were two sons and we’ve talked about the younger, but what happened to the older son? Interestingly, he was not so happy about his younger brother coming home. When the father threw a party to celebrate the younger son’s return, the older son refused to go to the party. He became angry and told his father that in the years that his brother had been gone he had done all the work and never received any reward or recognition. The older brother reminded his father that, though the younger brother had squandered his property with prostitutes, when he came home he was rewarded with a grand celebration.
Jesus concluded the story with the response that the father gave to his elder son—remember Jesus’ story is letting us know how God views the lost and broken: “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).
Do we ever act like the elder brother? We probably don’t get angry with the thought that angels are celebrating over a lost person coming to Christ, but do we pray and reach out to the lost and broken? Apathy toward the lost and broken, in God’s eyes, brings about the same grief in God’s heart as the elder brother’s anger. God has been so gracious to bring about our salvation through His Only Son’s sacrifice. We rejoice over our own forgiveness and place in God’s Family but don’t think enough about those who are yet outside that Family. Join me in rededicating our lives to praying for those that are lost and broken by the sins of this world; ready to share the Good News.
Father, may my heart break for the lost. In Jesus’ Name, amen.