“But we had to celebrate and rejoice because this brother of your was dead and has come to life; he was lost and has been found.”
The parable of the Prodigal Son is so familiar to us that even people who don’t know the Bible at all well know the story.
The younger of two sons goes away with his share of the father’s property. He spends it all on indulgent living and eventually returns home thinking to hire himself as a servant.
The father runs to meet him, overwhelmed with joy at his return. He orders a feast to be prepared to celebrate.
The older brother is angry at this celebration. He is slighted by the fact that he has, in his opinion, slaved away and never been rewarded.
God’s love is immense, unmeasurable and unfathomable. Anyone who wants to can come to Him, be forgiven and welcomed back to the family. No sin is so big that it cannot be forgiven when we repent.
If God’s love is so big and unlimited, we, his children, need to be people of big hearts. Too often christians can be like the older brother- too focussed on working for God to be able to rejoice at the salvation of a sinner. We need to remember always that we are sinners saved by grace.
Lord help me to be as gracious to prodigals as you are. Amen.