If you’ve never read the Parable of the Lost Son (otherwise known as the Prodigal Son) I urge you to read about it today and then ask yourself this question: Am I the Prodigal? Or,
am I the “second son” today?
The second son–the “good” son, the one who stayed. He worked hard,
respected his father and did all that was asked of him. He was loyal and steadfastly
strong in his determination to honor his father and his family. Yet, when his
brother returned to the family fold after almost losing his life to sin and
corruption it was the second son who resented his father’s celebration of the
Prodigal’s return. He felt slighted and jealous of his father’s attentions
toward his brother.
“Why aren’t I being celebrated?” he asked. “Why aren’t I being lauded for being good? Why aren’t I being fed the fatted calf?” After all, I’m the “good” son. I’m the good son…
We want to be noticed. It’s true. We want to be valued and appreciated and given our due. Who wouldn’t? I mean, sure, it’s wonderful that the prodigal has returned. He’s been saved and all is well with the world… and he’s good…now. But, I’ve been good all along.
Where’s my party? Where’s my silly hat and noise maker? Where’s my banner that
reads, “For she’s a jolly good fellow”? I want my fatted calf, dang it!
It’s human to feel this way. Yet, aren’t we, as Christians, supposed to strive for something just a little more…divine?
Are you feeling neglected? Under-appreciated? De-valued?
Know this, there may not be a fatted calf in your future today. There may not
be a party planned or even a pat on the back coming your way from family or
YET, YOU ARE VALUED. You are loved. You are a child of God. He knows your name; he knows your story; he knows your worth. God knows you and loves you and smiles into your heart each and every day and night…God, your Father, treasures you more than you can ever know. You may be a “second son” today but YOU are always first in His heart. Always.
How lucky we are that Jesus loves us even though we’re sometimes petty and
jealous and resentful. Jesus loves us even though! What good news that is to hear today!
Father, I can’t help but love you this day. You are so good to me. You are faithful and strong. And, you are always in my corner. I may not always feel important on this earthly plane. However, I know that I am invaluable in your plan. You sought me out and worked
to win me into your eternal kingdom. It does not matter that I am sometimes the
prodigal and sometimes the “second son”, I am always your child. That’s good enough for me.
In the name of Jesus I pray. Amen.