“But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found” (Luke 15:32).
The Prodigal Son’s elder brother was quite upset when his delinquent kid brother returned home to a warm welcome. On face value his attitude was understandable. It was so only before the father put things into perspective. Without justifying the returnee’s formerly riotous behaviour, the father pointed out that the Prodigal was the Elder’s own brother. Surely that should count for something! Secondly, the radical transformation the kid brother had undergone must matter more than the previous errant conduct. The Prodigal’s repentance was tantamount to a spiritual resurrection and rescue. Surely such a turnaround deserved celebration, rather than condemnation! Beloved, today let’s ask the Holy Spirit to enable us to appreciate the return of our “brothers” who are on their way back to God. Let us repent of a judgmental attitude that makes it difficult for seekers to join our ranks. Pray that our “righteousness” does not blind us to the repentance of our brethren. Pray that the church be warm and receptive to the lost. Pray that your life connects someone with Christ’s love this week.