The Father with two Sons
The Father with two Sons
We all know the story. There were two sons. One took his inheritance and ran. The other worked faithfully for father. Father loved them both – the one who was near and the one who was not. Every day father was faithful – faithful to both sons. He looked and longed for the day that the one who ran away would run home again. And then one day it happened. So many things happened.
Way out in the distance he saw his son. The father ran to meet his ‘prodigal’ son while the son was a long way off. Why did he do that? He wanted to see him to be sure. But also, He wanted to meet His son before His son met the older Brother.
Just imagine what might have happened if the son had met the older brother before he met the father. The older brother would have destroyed his younger brother. We know the story. Do we know the Father? Do we know the older brother?
Many people are “lost.” Some are lost in sin. Some in pain and abuse. Others are lost in self esteem and self protection. Some are lost in narcissism. Some in fear. Some in addiction. Father God has the answer. The Church is to provide the answer. We are to represent the Father, not the older brother.
Hurting people need love – lots of it. The Father interrupted his son’s confession. Father knew that his son was for real. He did not need to hear all the words. The son knew that his father was serious also. He saw and felt it in his father’s actions.
Unbounded love and affection and outlandish outpouring of care are healing. Hurting people need to see our eyes light up when we see them. As our eyes light up, their hearts come to life. Our joy for them becomes their healing. We become their father.
The father approached both sons. He reached out to each of his sons in their needs. One accepted. One rejected. He loved them both.
It is difficult to help “older brothers.” They are self-sufficient and self-sustaining. They are unapproachable. They have all the right answers. No problem, but maybe, just maybe, those answers are not the answers for those who hurt.
Those of us who are faithful, steadfast, workers for Father think that God owes us something. We don’t smoke or swear. We don’t drink or dance. We don’t lie, cheat, or steal. He owes us something.
He owes us nothing. He gives us everything. We are the older brother. That is fine, until we lord it over the prodigal. We are just as needy as he or she. Until we see ourselves that way, we will continue to be the older brother.
Dealing with hurting people, if we fight for them. Most of the time, we will win.
Dealing with older brothers, if we fight against them. Most of the time, we will lose.
Father God loves both of them. We need to love both of them.
The Father did not chase his sons. He waited for them. He welcomed them. Both of them were lost – one in promiscuity, and one in performance. Both are sin. Both can be forgiven. Both can be delivered. Both need a Father.
Apostle Paul said,
“I do not write these things to shame you, but as my beloved children I warn you.
For though you might have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet
You do not have many fathers;
For in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel.
Therefore I urge you, imitate me.
I Corinthians 4:14-16
God needs fathers here on earth to shepherd His children.
Has Father God called you to be a father?
Have you accepted that call?
Can you say, “Imitate me”?
Can you say, “Follow me as I follow Christ”?
This is what fathers do.
That is what fathers must do.
Is God calling you to be a father?
Will you answer His call?