Luke 15:29——— But he answered his father, ‘Listen! For all these years I have been working like a slave for you, and I have never disobeyed your command; yet you have never given me even a young goat so that I might celebrate with my friends.
The elder son is being sarcastic now and gives his father a piece of his mind. “I’ve been ‘slaving’ for you all these years,” he says. He is angry, and exaggerates as you and I sometimes do when we are angry.
The older son goes on to contrast his obedience with his brother’s disobedience. He reeks of sarcastic self-pity: “Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends.” The young goat is contrasted with the fatted calf. The younger son has squandered the father’s estate and been immoral with prostitutes.
“It isn’t fair!” I can hear the older son yelling. “It isn’t fair!” The elder brother’s thoughts are centered only on himself.
The Grace of God is available to all of us but our self-centeredness puts a block to that grace. The father had slaves at home and He desired a relationship with His son. But the son on the other hand looked at His father as His master.
My family owned a business and my older brother helped my Dad in the business while I, the younger son preached the Word of God. My dad asked me to help in the day to day running of the business, since the workload was too much for my brother, but I was not able to do so. From that month on I stopped receiving a share of the profits from the business.
However some time later, my dad sent me a message saying that he wanted to start giving me a share as well.
I never worked for my share unlike my brother who works there daily. The Lord reminded me of this. The reason I got a share of the business was because I was the son of the father who owned the business.
Though the elder son in this parable lived at home, yet he never had a father-son relationship even though his father treated him like one.
. Maybe we haven’t taken the initiative to get to know our Father, to ask for His best blessings, and to enjoy His bounty. God is interested in our relationship with Him. The day we realise we are the children of God we get what is ours as inheritance!
MY RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD IS MY NUMBER ONE FOCUS. I KNOW THAT IF I TAKE CARE OF THAT, GOD WILL TAKE CARE OF EVERYTHING ELSE.