Will some be angry about your healing?
Will everyone be happy that you have found Grace and left the pig trough?
Will you make some legalist angry and even bitter from your peace with God?
Please read Luke 25-32
Do you ever feel like you should curtail your joy and stifle your enthusiasm toward Grace?
Do you sometimes get the idea that people who work for their righteousness instead of accept Christ free gift dont want you around?
Vs. 25 “Meanwhile the older son was in the field. When he came near the house he heard music and dancing. So he called one of the servants and asked him what was going on. ‘Your brother has come home’ he replied and your Father has killed the fattened calf because he has come back safe and sound.’
The older brother got angry and refused to go in.”
Some people work so hard at what is a free gift that when they see someone who has the free gift and doesnt work hard for it they get jealous, angry and bitter. Here is the amazing part- they could be at the same party but their ego wont let them. These are the “god-man” – people who think they can do more than god has already done!
“So his Father went out and pleaded with him. But he answered his Father, ‘Look! All these years I’ve been slaving for you and never disobyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even as much as a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends.”
It seems to me that the more a person says words like “me” “my” “I” and “mine” the stronger their ego is and therefore the less the Love can flow. When me and my wants and desires and needs are my first thought I am not in grace but under law because I am thinking of myself which means I havent died to self it is still hanging around like a millstone around my neck.
“But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him.”
How can the self be dead if I am comparing my blessings and gifts to another?
“My son’ the Father said, ‘you are always with me and everything I have is yours. But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost but now is found.”
The Father never lost sight of the reason to party but we dont know if the other son ever joined the party or ever reconciled his envy and if he ever did take what his Father offered him.
Maybe the son who stayed outside and obeyed all the laws or orders felt he deserved more. Perhaps the son who stayed thought he was more holy or righteous. Maybe the son who stayed thought the lost son should be punished but God doesnt work that way.
“But He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on Him, and by His wounds we are healed.”
You have already been healed from the trough and the healing is ready and waiting for you.
Trying to be a god-man is not only painful and miserable but it is also damning to the soul – and yet that is exactly what one son wanted to be! The other son, “the bad one” just wanted Daddy’s Love!
Which are you?