Luke 15- The scripture that stood out to me was Luke 15:25-32
“Now his older son was in the field. And as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing. So he called one of the servants and asked what these things meant. And he said to him, ‘Your brother has come, and because he has received him safe and sound, your father has killed the fatted calf.’
“But he was angry and would not go in. Therefore his father came out and pleaded with him. So he answered and said to his father, ‘Lo, these many years I have been serving you; I never transgressed your commandment at any time; and yet you never gave me a young goat, that I might make merry with my friends. But as soon as this son of yours came, who has devoured your livelihood with harlots, you killed the fatted calf for him.’
“And he said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that I have is yours. It was right that we should make merry and be glad, for your brother was dead and is alive again, and was lost and is found.’”
I notice here that the older son doesn’t like what he sees taking place therefore he feels angry, jealous and entitled. He notices that the younger son after being away and squandering all of his inheritance was thrown a party and not just any party, a huge celebration. The older son was angry and jealous because he never received such a party and entitled when he made sure his father new how hard he worked to keep the father’s rules and how hard he served him.
How often do I have these feelings as one who grew up in the church? Often! I realize that I’m fully unaware of what is mine as a child of God. I fail to really know who my Father is. I have all I need and more but I don’t allow Him to reveal that to me. I’m busy with the task at hand and making sure all the rules are followed. I failed to see I have a reason to celebrate! I am His child!
I need to daily realize what I have as a child of God. With prayer and spending more time in His presence, I can see all that is intended for me and that I have a reason to celebrate! I know that as I abide my heart will change and the need to accomplish tasks for God out of obedience will turn into serving with love. So I need to practice more prayer and listening in His presence.
Lord as I spend more time in Your presence, change my heart to see that I have You! Change my heart to see that You are the reason to celebrate. Draw closer and fill me with Your love so I may minister in love for your kingdom! In Jesus name, Amen!
Posted on Wed, January 21, 2015
by Cathie Lockwood