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Topic: Question (05/24/12)
TITLE: What Have You Been Waiting For
By Donna Howell
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There is an oft skipped over part of that story. Our focus stays on the prodigal because we all tend to think of ourselves as prodigals at one time or another. We are thrilled that God will welcome us back with open arms. We are focused on ourselves. There is always another side to a coin, and another story to be told. There was another son in this story. Remember him? The one who stayed home, and worked hard for his father's love and respect. He also craved his father's attention. He just had a different plan. He earned it, yet he had become a little arrogant. He was more deserving of his father's praise, and he knew it. He was probably weary of his brother's antics long before he became a prodigal. His father could not see his attributes for his brothers attention seeking behavior. When his brother finally came home, all humble and apologetic, he was probably rolling his eyes in frustration. Especially when his father lavished him with all that love and attention. Scripture tells us he went to his father and indignantly asked why he had never been treated so royally? Why wasn't the fatted calf brought forth in his honor for all of his hard work and loyalty? His father's answer surprised him I'm sure. He said; "My son, you have always been with me. All that I have is yours." His father was telling him, you have never lacked for anything. Your good choices in life have rewarded you handsomely. You have always had me by your side as well as my love. The fatted calf and the feast was at your disposal, but you couldn't see beyond your own arrogance. What have you been waiting for? You must "receive" what is yours.
Luke 15: 22 “But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. 23 Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. 24 For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.
25 “Meanwhile, the older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing. 26 So he called one of the servants and asked him what was going on. 27 ‘Your brother has come,’ he replied, ‘and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.’
28 “The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him. 29 But he answered his father, ‘Look! All these years I’ve been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. 30 But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!’
31 “‘My son,’ the father said, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. 32 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.’
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