Big Brother Syndrome (by Laura Grace)
So many in the church seem to have what I call “big brother syndrome.” They have been faithful, paid their tithes, took care of the windows, vaccuumed the carpets, cleaned the pews.
For years they have been faithful, bad weather or good weather rain or shine. They are always in church.
Many cannot fathom or even understand the hell on earth others have walked through! In the story of the prodigal son, (Luke 15) We see a startling picture of how God views “the lost child” that went astray. When the child returns to his Father (who has been watching the road for him to return) the older brother is aghast!
“I’ve been here this whole time” (he says)! He is horrified the Father wants to kill a fatted calf and put a ring on his sons’ finger! He feels HE deserves a big reward for being faithful!
His judgment shows “That brother of mine squandered his inheritance” He yells! “He doesn’t deserve a celebration!!”
The Father gently reminds him of the true meaning of life “Your brother who was dead now lives” He says……
He knows what the little brother has suffered. His money was stolen. His friends abandoned him. He ate hog food! 😢😢😢
Heaven rejoices over one sinner repenting. The Prodigal son had to be very humble to return.
He saw the error of his ways……
So His Father rejjoiced and threw a party!
Luke 15:10 ” Just so, I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”