Luke 15

Scripture

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.’”

Observation

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!

Application

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.

Prayer

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!

 

5 comments (Add your own)

1. Jim Asselin wrote:
In regards to new believers, when a new believer comes into the church, there may well be a culture change as new people enter the Kingdom of God. I need to constantly check my motives and my heart when that happens and be a guardian for true theology, but not hold so rigidly to culture that I become embittered when things don't look like what I am used to. Father, give me the heart of Christ.

Wed, January 21, 2015 @ 6:41 AM

2. Joel King wrote:
Thanks Kristy for reminding us all that the prodigal son is really about the response of the older son. This whole section is about the religious leaders criticism over Jesus hanging so closely with the irreligious. Jesus points out that sinners seeking God should be a cause for rejoicing, not judgment.
I was struck hard this morning by the first verse, "Now the tax collectors and 'sinners' were all gathering around to hear him." The sinners were coming to Jesus to hear him! Why? What was so special about Jesus’ message and demeanor that they wanted to hear from this rabbi? There was something about Jesus, though he was the very holy one of God (Mk 1:24) and he taught repentance (Lk 13:3), those who were on the outside looking in felt drawn in to hear and learn more. I can't exactly put my finger on it, but there is something there. Something that should change my own message and demeanor.

Wed, January 21, 2015 @ 7:51 AM

3. Jan Ramirez wrote:
It's true...I have the blessings of being in God's flock, (just as the older son in his father's household), but since it's been years since my 'welcoming', being on the 'inside', have I become complacent in the 'routine'?
Do I always want to bring others in, for heaven to 'celebrate' them?
Father, help me to realize how truly blessed I am being your child. Give me your eyes and longing heart to see others, 'the tax collectors and sinners', come to know freedom, healing, in you. Amen.

Wed, January 21, 2015 @ 11:17 AM

4. Rick Olson wrote:
Jesus was addressing the Pharisees. But, I believe that he was actually “teaching” His disciples. He was teaching them that He had a reasonable answer to the Pharisees’ criticism. We are not called to be people who judge the actions of others, and thus dismiss people as the sum of their sins. We are called to be like Jesus… people who listen to where people struggle, and offer hope for a restored relationship with God. This takes work. This takes love.

Lord, let me never objectify people and thus write them off. Fill me with Your love, and use me to offer hope.

Wed, January 21, 2015 @ 5:29 PM

5. Bob Relyea wrote:
That observation makes chapter 15 flow right into chapter 16 seemlessly at the beginning of chapter of chapter 15 is about lost things (coin, sheep), then we come into this story and it looks like it's about a lost son, but it's really about the brother that wasn't lost. Now in 16 we have Jesus putting the establishment on it's head. Religion and rich are lost and poor and sinners are not. The makes the prodigal son story less comfortable to us when we think we have things altogether.

bob

Fri, January 23, 2015 @ 2:34 PM

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