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. (Luke 15:29)
we feel weary in our walk with God. While others pursue hobbies and take it
easy on the weekend, we are at church, fulfilling our set of church duties.
Day-to-day, we must be constantly vigilant to maintain our holiness,
restricting ourselves from certain activities that others don’t give a second
thought to. Meanwhile, the ungodly are enjoying life! This causes us to
question: why am I trying so hard? Do my efforts even make a difference?
prodigal son’s brother may have felt the same way upon hearing of the lavish
welcome-back party held in his brother’s honor. He was the one who had toiled
consistently and faithfully. But the one who left—the one who broke his
father’s heart and wickedly squandered his father’s money—was rewarded upon
returning! What then was the point of all those years he obediently served his
He was so
focused on the fact that he never received a goat to enjoy with his friends
that he neglected to see the bigger picture. As his father reminded him: “Son,
you are always with me, and all that I have is yours” (Luke 15:31). The father
was willing to give him all that he had!
greater blessing was that the brother had the father himself. Because he
stayed, the brother had the opportunity to enjoy his father’s company and ask
for his advice anytime he wanted. He had the chance to truly know his father’s
heart. He enjoyed a sense of belonging that others yearn for, and the security
of being loved. Under his father’s care, he lacked nothing.
we also forget that we are the ones who have the Father Himself. Others walk a
long, hard way before they can experience the blessings we have access to. As
the ones who stay, if we appreciate and utilize our time by our Lord’s side,
our understanding of Him deepens and our experience of His grace becomes more
rich and full with every passing day.
Questions for Reflection
you feel envious of those who are far from God? Why?
some time to meditate upon the benefits and the privilege of remaining in the
household of our Lord.