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Friday, March 20, 2015

Think About It

Sometimes We Just Don’t Get It.
Pastor B.J. Knefley

In the Book of Luke there is a story about a young man who received his inheritance early and left his father’s home to explore the world. We call the story the Prodigal Son, and it is found in Luke 15:11-32. After spending all of his money he found himself destitute and living an impoverished life. Coming to his senses he decided that he would be better off living in his father’s house as a servant than in his current situation, so he traveled home.

Although the story is about reconciliation and forgiveness there is another story that plays out in the life of the older brother who just doesn’t get it. In fact, he’s angry, very angry. In many ways he is just like many of us, and sometimes we just don’t get it.

I’m not sure, but I think that the older brother was envious of his younger brother. What the younger brother did in leaving his fathers house and going off into the world was exactly what the older brother had wanted, but was afraid to do it. I’m sure he felt violated in some way in that he stayed home to take care of the family business while his younger brother played. He saw the celebration of his brother’s return as an affront to his having stayed behind to work with his father. He resented both his father and his brother and argued with his father about his decision to celebrate this brother’s return. He didn’t get what his father saw, he only saw things from his perspective and he wanted no part of the celebration or his brother. He was so angry that he refused his father’s request to go into the party. He expounded on the fact that he had always done what the father had asked and sacrificed himself to do it all. Yet, to do this, he refused. Sometimes we just don’t get it because we only see it from our perspective.

Anger has a way of clouding our judgment. Like the older brother we get hung up on our own self-importance that we miss the point. Jealousy takes over and we act out of our emotions without engaging our intellect. Is it possible that we could be doing the same? Is there something that we’re holding on to because we’re angry? Is it time to let it go? Think about it.

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