Both Sons

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Key Bible Verse: “For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” (Luke 18:14b)

Dig Deeper: 

Jesus told his story about a father and his two lost sons—one a prodigal and the other a Pharisee. The Pharisee-son refuses to attend the homecoming party for the prodigal. The dirty jeans and T-shirt and the smell of nicotine and booze and prostitutes and addiction wafting off him are just too much to take. All this fanfare for HIM, and I—the good and pious and dutiful son, the son who kept all the rules the son who has never once left home—I have never been given so much as a goat. So the father leaves the ninety-nine inside the party to go after the one on the outside. He entreats his grumpy, judgmental, entitled boy in a gentle tone, “Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours. It was fitting to celebrate and be glad, for this your brother was dead, and is alive; he was lost, and is found” (Lk. 15:31-32, ESV).

Judgmental Church Guys are hurting too. [Jesus] joyfully and longingly expands his “us” to welcome the junkies and the cussing moms . . . and the judgmental Church Guys.

Are we prepared to do the same?

– Scott Sauls in Befriend

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