Confessions of a lost brother

Over the last couple of months I’ve been working my way through one of Jesus’ most famous parables – The Parable Of The Prodigal Son (Luke 15).    And God is using this simple story as a mirror into my life.  To recognize that there are two lost brothers in the story.  To help me see the lost older brother in me…

THE CONFESSIONS OF AN OLDER BROTHER…

  • I confess… I want God’s stuff – his power, guidance and blessing more than I want God in my life.
  • I confess …I “follow the rules” in the Bible, to look good and earn the respect and approval of others.
  • I confess…I look down on my brothers and sisters who don’t believe or behave in the same way I do.
  • I confess…when a “younger brother” struggles I secretly feel they should have known better…
  • I confess…I get frustrated and angry when God shows mercy to those who I struggle with…
  • I confess…I do not see how much God loves me.
  • I confess…I refuse to accept the love, resources and guidance God offers me because I’d rather earn it on my own….
  • I confess…I struggle with anger because I think “God owes me a good life base on me keeping the rules…
  • I confess that I am unforgiving and judgmental to others.  Thinking, “at least I’d never do that…”
  • I confess…I think I am superior to other “judgmental religious” people…

And the tragedy is that like that older brother I think I’m okay… but I’m lost… and can’t even see it…

What’s amazing is that God, my father, still pursues me…to remind me that everything He has is mine…that He has not given up on me…He invites me to reconnect to celebrate…  Lord help me to come home and celebrate that the lost and that means me have been found…