Luke 15: 11-31
verse 31: “‘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.’”
This is such a familiar parable. It always evokes feelings in me, and I always end up having to rethink things. I can feel my “unfair” button being pushed when I identify with the older son. But once again, the story is not about the older son. It is not a story about comparing two lives, or two sons, or a father choosing one son over another. It is a story about repentance and about a lost soul returning to safety. I know I want everyone to have a relationship with God. If it is at their last second of life, or even after death, I would never begrudge anyone the opportunity to know and accept Jesus. My life with God is my gift of grace. It is not meant to be compared with anyone else‘s. If I do compare, I know it is not helpful or meaningful, and does not please God.
Father God, you have chosen me to follow you. I am so thankful, and will do my best to show your love to others. Amen