by Darla Noble
I tell you that even so there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents, than over ninety-nine righteous people who need no repentance.
Are you familiar with the parable of the Prodigal Son? It is found in Luke 15. In this parable, Jesus tells about a father with two sons. The older son is hardworking, conscientious, loyal, and responsible. The younger son is willful and rebellious. He asks the father for his inheritance in advance so he can go ‘find himself.’ The father gives it to him, he leaves, wastes it all, ends up on the streets, comes to his senses, and goes back home to ask forgiveness and for a job so that he can prove himself to be a changed and more mature man.
When the younger son returns, the older son gets upset. He feels he’s being slighted and taken for granted. He says, “I’ve been here all along and you’ve never given me the kind of party and attention you’re giving him-just because he figured out what a fool he’d been.”
The father was somewhat sad to hear the older son talk like that. He told him, “Everything I have is yours. It always has been. You could have been enjoying it all this time…but you’ve never even acted like you wanted to.”
Don’t be like the older son. Don’t settle for being a lukewarm child of God. Don’t ignore all the blessings God wants to give you. Don’t ignore His love. Ask Him to give you everything He wants to give you, and then plant yourself in His presence so you can receive His wonderful gifts.
LORD, help me to be both humble and excited to be in Your presence. Help me be obedient and faithful so that You can rejoice over me every single day. In Jesus’ Name, I pray, Amen.