Note to my subscribers. The last couple of days I’ve had some serious trouble with my email service. I’ve been writing but it hasn’t been emailing you. I really didn’t know what was wrong. I’ve been trying to fix it but to no avail. So today I just started punching all the buttons and voila everything worked. Go figure.
I’ve been reading Clear The Stage by Scott Wilson. Very good read! In Luke 15 Jesus tells three parables. The first two are about losing something of great value and doing all you can to find it. Then he tells the parable of the prodigal son. You know the story. The younger brother gets stupid and blows his inheritance. After finding himself eating pig slop he goes home in hopes of being one of his fathers hired hands. The father wouldn’t hear of it. Instead he welcomes him as his son and throws a party because what was lost is now found. The older brother throws a fit because he was faithful all this time and he doesn’t get rewarded.
Wilson points out a very important fact here. The older brother should have gone after his younger brother! If someone will tear up the countryside just to find one sheep or ones house just to find a lost coin how much more should we pursue those that are lost?
The religious elitists were standing nearby as Jesus told this parable. They got it. As they were there to condem Jesus for hanging out with sinners He was letting them know that they were the big brothers who should have been pursuing them.
Who are you going to be? Jesus, the one who will go and bring the lost home? Or the religious elitists who will be faithful to, “hold the fort”.
PRAY: Dear Jesus, help me to go find those that are lost and bring them home to you. AMEN