“He said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that I have is yours.” Luke 15:31
In Luke 15, Jesus talks about the father and the two sons. They each received their share of the father’s fortune. The younger son left his father’s house and wasted everything he had received, on pleasures. He became broke and a famine came over the foreign land he was in. He returned home again, broken, but was wonderfully restored by his father. The father was so happy that the son came home again and it was party and joy, the past was forgiven and forgotten.
The older son, on the other hand, who had been at home all the time, became angry when he saw his brother being welcomed home. He did not want to join the welcome party. He himself had been at home all the time and served his father. His reaction and what he said shows what was moving inside him. Even though he lived at his father’s house and was close to him daily, he did not know him properly.
One can be close to God, one can be a believer, but still not have revelation about our Heavenly Father. The older son had a servant mentality, not a son mentality. Therefore, he thought in terms of merit. This was and is still today, tragic.
If you are a believer, then God is your Father. He loves you because you are who you are in Christ. Through faith in Jesus, you have become a child of God and you are loved. You do not have to try to please God in your own strength. He looks at you with pleasure because Jesus, the Son of God, has qualified you. God wants all His children to own this revelation. We can daily run into our Father’s open arms and be loved.
The father in the story said to the older son, “He said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that I have is yours. But it was fitting to be merry and be glad, for this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ ” Luke 15:31-32. It is not clear if the older son received a revelation that day, about how his father was. Maybe he suddenly saw something and attended the party, happy about both his little brother and excited about his dad? Or, maybe he did not understand what father he had and continued in his servant mentality? But I hope he got a revelation that day.
I also hope that you who believe and read this understand what a wonderful Father we have. If not, ask God to open your eyes. Read the Bible, it reveals the character of God and look at Jesus, who came to reveal the Father. Today you can receive revelation and then there will be joy and celebration.
God bless you.
/ David Billström