The younger son doesn’t get what he deserves. And that’s the point. This popular parable paints a picture of our Amazing Father’s Amazing Grace. But who does the older son represent?
What are we training for? Are we training ourselves to resemble the culture or are we training ourselves to resemble the Christ?
Are we developing and maintaining worldly habits or are we developing and maintaining godly habits? Paul says that we should run the Christian race as if we were trying to win first prize – a way that requires discipline and self-control.
Before we say we want to follow Christ, we ought to read the fine print. Jesus says anyone who desires to follow behind Him must deny themselves, carry their cross, and follow Him. We must wholly committed to Christ — metaphorically (or even literally!) — giving up our lives for the Savior’s service. In our lives, the Lord must be first and foremost.
God is with us. And because of the with-ness of the Divine, we should be a witness for the Divine. We disciples, must make disciples. All who profess Christ must also proclaim Christ. All who have made the great confession, also have a Great Commission.
Will we be like Herod and Archelaus – letting nothing get in the way of the pursuit of our selfish ambitions? Not even the life of children?! Or will we give ourselves to Christ? Will we surrender to the Savior? Will we come before the King?