The Not Prodigal Son
29 but he answered his father, â€˜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. 30 But when this son of yours came, who has devoured your property with prostitutes, you killed the fattened calf for him!â€™ 31 And he said to him, â€˜Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours. 32 It was fitting to celebrate and be glad, for this your brother was dead, and is alive; he was lost, and is found.â€™â€
Luke 15:29-32 ESV
The greatest appeal to most people of the parable of the prodigal son is grace. In the story we find one childish son who basically says he’d be better off with his father dead by demanding an early inheritance and leaving home. He spends it all recklessly, lives in squalor, comes home expecting to be a servant, and is accepted with open arms.
But there is this other son. This faithful son who continues to work. And he looks pretty great until he completely blows it by whining about how his brother gets all of these things that he never did. We tend to focus on his jealousy, and in doing so I think we miss the bigger picture that Jesus was giving.
You see, the not prodigal son, the one who stayed home, says, “you never gave me a young goat that I may celebrate with my friends!” His father’s response wasn’t “because you didn’t run off and I’m not excited about you” it was “all that is mine is yours.”
Brothers and sisters, how many of God’s blessings are we missing out on because we simply do not ask? How many blessings does the new believer see because he or she has spent so much time in the darkness and is now in awe of the brightness of our Savior? How many times have we blamed God for the bad in our lives when we didn’t even spend enough time in His presence asking Him for the good?
This week I encourage you to not allow yourself to become the prodigal son before you see the goodness that is there. Instead, already in His presence, allow Him to draw you closer and closer, realizing that all that He already has is yours.