Are You Coming to the Celebration?
he replied to his father, ‘Look, I have been slaving many years for
you, and I have never disobeyed your orders, yet you never gave me a
young goat so I could celebrate with my friends.—Luke 15:29"
is concerned with bringing people from death to life. His heart
rejoices over each person who returns to Him from a time of rebellion.
If your heart is like God's, you, too, will rejoice when a sinner
returns to the Father.
about the prodigal son is as much about the older son who remained as
it is about the wayward son or the father. Year after year the older son
labored for his father, waiting for a future reward. He had seen the
brokenness his brother's rebellion had caused his father. Yet when his
brother returned, the older son did not rejoice with his father. He felt
no pleasure in seeing his father happy. His concern was for himself and
the injustice he perceived he'd been dealt. He felt like a martyr and
totally missed the blessing of celebrating with his father.
is possible to serve God year after year and yet have a heart that is
far from Him. You might be one of the hardest workers in your church and
yet be filled with bitterness because others do not share your load.
You can become so preoccupied with your spiritual labors that when God
works miracles in the lives of those around you, you cannot rejoice.
you serve the Lord out of duty or habit, but not out of joy and
gratitude, you will feel like a martyr. You will envy those who are
experiencing joy in the Lord while you feel weighed down by the work you
are doing. This is not the abundant life your Father has planned for
you. Come to the celebration, spend time with the Father, and share in
—Experiencing God Day by Day