Luke 15:11-31, vs. 29-30, “29 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. 30, But as soon as this son of yours came, who has devoured your livelihood with harlots, you killed the fatted calf for him.’
It’s interesting to know that situations and circumstances bring out something you may have never known was in you. What might have not bothered me before, I now realize it does. These things are like little tools presented to diagnose and reveal the areas in our lives that need work. I am many times surprised by my flesh when something out of the ordinary comes and stirs up an attitude, critical spirit I deemed absent.
The prodigal son’s brother encountered with a situation that brought out the ugly side of him he may have never known to be present. Of course he was the quiet one, always doing what was right before his father, worked with him, stood beside him, never disappointed his father. Here comes his little brother who took his portion of inheritance even before his father was dead which may have suggested that he wished his father was long dead so as to get his inheritance. He then goes to a far off land and squanders it all. In as much as his older brother was a hard worker, you will later realize that he had the spirit of I don’t care. His father would always pray and watch for his son to come home, maybe the older brother was praying his brother would never come back. Finally the brother comes home and he is received well, given the best robe, a feast thrown for him. The older brother does not even call him “my brother” but “this your son”. He received all the blessing yet he messed up. Remember the person who became a believer appeared at your church, he was received well, everyone loved on him, they offered to invite him to their homes. Before long, everyone wanted him to be involved in their ministry, later met someone to marry before you. You saw them excel however looking at your life you felt the Lord was not fair. “Lord I have walked with you all these years, worked for you faithfully, tried my best to live a life pleasing to you and someone else comes in who has not walked with you that long and has all these blessings?“.
A little attitude is enough to derail you from the plans the Father has for you. All the older son needed to remember was that all the wealth his Father had was his also. You may be envying someone, even try to frustrate them, you feel neglected or left out when you feel that someone who does not deserve the kind of treatment they are receiving right now are receiving it. You ask yourself, “Why can’t I be happy for them?” To be in the big brother’s shoes, though it’s hard to deal with a situation like this, if anything, I should thank God for allowing a situation like this to bring out stinginess I need His work on, the uncaring spirit that was locked down in my heart, un-forgiveness, resentment, pride, not desiring one that has messed up to progress and rejoice over their progression. If you look at the story again, you can see that even the Father had something inside of him revealed, his unconditional love for his son. You could be a father so angry enough to want to choke your son but if you were walking down the street and saw people attacking your son, there will be that human instinct and love that overwhelms you not to continue walking away but run to his rescue. Who is that person God has sent your way to reveal something in you that God wants to deal with? It could be what is hindering you from getting where He wants to take you. Your complete healing and restoration depends on the surgery He does to remove the cancerous growth. Right diagnosis preps you up for the right cure. The prodigal son in your life is not an enemy but a friend God is using to bring out what is inside that the Lord may work on it. Blessings Ev