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25 Meanwhile, the older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing. 26 So he called one of the servants and asked him what was going on. 27 ”Your brother has come,” he replied, “and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.”  

   28 The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him. 29 But he answered his father, “Look! All these years I've been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. 30 But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!” 31 "My son,” the father said, “you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. 32 But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found."  Luke 15:25-32 NIV

The younger brother was wild…but the elder brother was blind.

How God’s grace is still working on me

1. God’s grace contends for my love.

28 The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him. Luke 15:28 NIV

2. God’s grace confronts my faithlessness.

31 "My son,” the father said, “you are always with me, and everything I have is yours.” Luke 15:31 NIV

3. God’s grace challenges my gracelessness.

32 But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found. Luke 15:32 NIV

There is a true elder brother…His name is Jesus.

  1. He looks for me when I lose my way.

  2. He pays the price for my return.

  3. He celebrates with me once I come back home.  

HOW DO I RESPOND TO THIS GRACE?

  • Listen

  • Ask God for what I need today.

7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. John 15:7 NIV

For a more complete treatment of this story, make sure to get a copy of Pastor Brett Rickey’s book, Boomerang:The Return of the Prodigal Son, available at Amazon or NPH.Com

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