If you grew up in church you know the story — the ingrate little brother takes the inheritance he demanded from his kindly old dad and wastes it. Then the sniveling little sinner comes home broke and starving … and the father joyfully welcomes him with a big party!
His older brother is mad because he doesn’t like this snot-nose getting off so easy. Why should he get a big welcome home?! Older Brother says he’s been slaving away for the dad and never got a party! Humph!
But I never noticed the verse above … The father divided the property between “them” — between both boys. The Older Brother also received all his father’s riches, too … he just refused to accept them.
How many of us, who grew up in church and tried to follow the rules, fall into this same trap? We feel like we’re doing “our part” to live right — and then some screw-up who has done everything wrong gets a big pay-off. Where’s our pay-off? What’s the reward for our sacrifice?
And it turns out: we didn’t need to live right or sacrifice to get our Father’s treasures. He has already given them to us!
Don’t knock yourself out trying to stay holy and sanctified. This will wear you out and make you bitter. Relax in the love of your Father. He already gave everything to you when He gave you Jesus, His treasure.