The Older Brother

Tim Savage

"But he said to his father, "For years I have worked for you like a slave and have always obeyed you. But you have never even given me a little goat, so that I could give a dinner for my friends. This other son of yours wasted your money on prostitutes. And now that he has come home, you ordered the best calf to be killed for a feast." His father replied, "My son, you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. But we should be glad and celebrate! Your brother was dead, but he is now alive. He was lost and has now been found." (Luke 15:29-32)
In the last several years, I've really come to see the story of the prodigal son to be more about the older son than the reckless one. Like most others, I grew up really focusing on the younger son and the celebration of his redemption, but recently, the older son's reaction and attitude have become more noticeable to me.

The squeaky wheel gets the grease. Have you ever noticed that in life it's the high maintenance people, the ones that get in to trouble that get most of the attention? Crazy, but true, right? If you're doing your job, being efficient and effective, most times people don't really notice, but when someone messes up, suddenly everybody's interested. For many of us, we're more like the older brother - working hard, living right (as much as possible) and from time to time we feel like we don't get much notice, but we should know that God notices and His entire kingdom is ours to share.

It's in our steadiness and consistency that we create the opportunity for the prodigals to find their way home. God doesn't overlook or take that for granted, He rejoices that we never left His side. Yes, we'll celebrate big time when a lost one comes back, but we should also thank Him that we've been chosen to play a part in that.
May I be more compassionate to those who have fallen away. May I do more to help them find their way home. May I be waiting at the door with bandages and medicine should they need help and may I happily stand at the grill to cook up the steaks from the fattened calf! I don't need to be a squeaky wheel for my Heavenly Father knows all that I do and I can rejoice in that.
Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for sharing Your kingdom with me. I know that I am blessed so much more than I could ever deserve. May I be light to the lost, to help them return to You. In Jesus name,


Devotions for January 15

Genesis 37,38
Psalms 7
Luke 15

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