The Lost Sons – Everything I have is yours!

Posted: 10 December, 2008 in Ponderings
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The Lost Sons, lost in thought

We are all very familiar with the famous parable of the Prodigal or Lost Son in the Gospel of Luke; a humanistic gospel. Jesus told a about a young son who disobeyed his father, went wayward, came back broke but see a waiting father; loving him beyond the wrongdoings he committed. A demostration of the father’s love, patience, forgiveness and compassion.

However, the other one third of the story has often been overlooked. It is that of the older son. The older son had not been living wildly unlike his younger brother, he worked in the field and probably took care of the household responsibly while his father spent his time and effort waiting for his ‘sinful’ younger brother. And when the younger brother finally was back, knowing the fatten calf was killed for his celebration, the older brother became angry because he deemed himself righteous yet not rewarded but that ‘spoilt brat’ screwed up but yet gotten away with everything.

I call them both the Lost Sons.

The old brother has been compared and inclined to some believers and saints throughout time. They acknowledged the Father, stayed in the Father’s house, behaved responsibly, even worked tirelessly. Unfortunately, they don’t have the Father’s heart, don’t feel the Father’s love, don’t know how to appreciate their sonship status and they don’t love their ‘younger brother’.

The key to why the older brother’s angry reaction is this: ‘All these years I’ve slaved for you and never once refused to do a single thing you told me to. And in all that time you never gave me even one young goat for a feast with my friends. Yet when this son of yours comes back after squandering your money on prostitutes, you celebrate by killing the fattened calf!’

And the answer lay in the reply from the father: ‘Look, dear son, you have always stayed by me, and everything I have is yours. We had to celebrate this happy day. For your brother was dead and has come back to life! He was lost, but now he is found!’

The Lost Sons, HDR of My son

Although the older son spent all his time at home, but he did not have a genuine relationship with his father. He has a slave mentality instead of a son mentality. He worked out of duty, not out of love. Without understanding his status of sonship, the older son can never be close to the father. Without being close to the father, he can never understand his father love and without understanding his father’s love, he can never love his wayward brother.

We have to often reflect what kind of relationship we have with our heavenly Father. Do we have the slave mentality or adopted son mentality? Through Jesus’ story, He is telling us, “Everything I have is yours!” We always have God’s Word to affirm our status of our sonship and our inheritance through grace. And from there, can our lives be filled with gratitude and love.  Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else? Romans 8:32



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