lately i've been reading and rereading the prodigal son...
you know the parable, right?
a man had two sons, the younger one ask for his portion, the father gives it to him, he squanders it with wild living, he loses it all and finds himself feeding pigs and wanting their scraps to eat, he remembers his Daddy, decides to go home, the Daddy sees him coming and prepares for a party to celebrate, the older brother gets a little put off, whines and pouts and acts like me...
(you can read it HERE )
i've read this countless times and heard sermons on it my whole life...
but the truth of it,
is falling kind of fresh.
maybe I just need to be reminded...
my favorite portion of that whole parable
the verse ... where the younger son...the one that went his own way, wasted his fortune...
"when he came to his senses''
this parable is such a picture
of our nature
as i read, each player spoke to me--but it was the older brother that I thought about
his brother went off
wasted all his money
living in a way that left him excessively empty
and THEN he decided to come back home
when the daddy saw that boy coming
he called for the servants to
put on a party
and the older brother?
he got a little put out (or you know...ANGRY if we stay true to scripture)
he sat and thought of all he'd done right...
he'd stayed with his daddy...
he'd worked and lived right...
he'd honored his raising...
and he'd never gotten a party
(whiny pouty crybaby)
i love how it's worded, when the daddy kinda sets him in place...
''be WE had to celebrate and be glad''
(in other words...get over yourself, refocus boy...WE have to celebrate...your brother is HOME!)
it's hard ...
the human nature in us
likes to see you get what's coming to you...
but it's kinda crazy...
we want grace for us
but justice for ''them''
we want to remind God of all the good we've done
and WOULD YOU JUST LOOK AT THEM GOD...
do you SEE what they are doing????
can you BELIEVE the choices they are making????
how can they DO THAT????
and then it kinda hits us
we are 'them'
we all are...
in our own way
we are them
the daddy was never happy with the younger sons choices
it broke his heart to think of his son
living below what he was worth...
but you know what
you can know something
but until THEY know it
until it BECOMES TRUTH TO THEM
it won't matter to them...
the younger son
he just wanted to
be his own man
the older son
he just wanted to
he just wanted both his boys
the younger was HOME
the older ALWAYS had been
and they both
had to realize the TRUTH
for them to 'come to their senses'
whose they were...
and what was theirs ALL ALONG
home is where the heart is
and your heart will never
so come on home
there is a party waiting for you
come to your senses...