“Now his older son was in the field, and as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing. And he called one of the servants and asked what these things meant. And he said to him, ‘Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fattened calf, because he has received him back safe and sound.’ But he was angry and refused to go in. His father came out and entreated him, but he answered his father, ‘Look, these many years I have served you, and I never disobeyed your command, yet you never gave me a young goat, that I might celebrate with my friends. But when this son of yours came, who has devoured your property with prostitutes, you killed the fattened calf for him!’ And he said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours. It was fitting to celebrate and be glad, for this your brother was dead, and is alive; he was lost, and is found.’”
by: Gabrielle Watt.
Today we are discussing a portion of yet another parable that Jesus told about celebrating the lost being found. When a man’s wayward son was welcomed home with a celebration, the son’s older brother got angry and refused to celebrate his brother’s return. The older brother had remained faithful to his father and had not received such accolades. I imagine he felt entitled to festivities of his own. He did not understand that the party was not to commend the son’s behavior, but to celebrate his repentance. How often do we allow pride to stop us from welcoming our brothers and sisters in Christ?