Luke 15:31-32 KJV

And he said unto him, Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine.

[32] It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found.

I have always wondered whether the elder brother in the parable of the prodigal son was wrong by saying the things he said to his father.

Who wouldn’t be slighted if he was the faithful one and did all the hardwork, yet received no special favours from the father/boss, yet would witness a more scandalous colleague/brother get all the attention? It takes another level of self restraint to remain reserved and calm even in such conditions. 99% of humanity, if not more, would have acted the same way the elder brother did.

It is difficult to find fault with him. But Jesus intended to draw out a specific lesson with this parable. In context, He had been speaking of the joy associated with finding something that is lost, so He spoke of the lost sheep and lost coin and ended with the lost son. In all of these, the final words to the elder brother contained the whole message: “…this your brother was dead, but now is alive, he was lost but now is found.”

Heaven wants to make merry over the souls that we bring in. For many are perishing and heaven is counting on you and I to bring in joy and gladness. Our position is not to be worried about their salvation because all the Father has are ours already. Let’s be a part of this joy, let’s do our bit to populate heaven.

Have a blessed day.

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