“Now his older son was in the field, and as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing. And he called one of the servants and asked what these things meant. And he said to him, ‘Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fattened calf, because he has received him back safe and sound.’ But he was angry and refused to go in. His father came out and entreated him, but he answered his father, ‘Look, these many years I have served you, and I never disobeyed your command, yet you never gave me a young goat, that I might celebrate with my friends. But when this son of yours came, who has devoured your property with prostitutes, you killed the fattened calf for him!’ And he said to him, ‘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.’ ”Luke 15:25-32 (NKJV)
Sometimes we get jealous of what God does in other people’s lives. I’m not sure we even really think about it, but we compare ourselves to others and we must think that we deserve something more than what we have already received from God through Christ. What more could God do for us. We should always rejoice in the good things that God is doing for others. But because we so often compare our “righteousness” to someone else’s we feel God owes us something. All I should really say about that is, “Really?!”
It’s just part of the human experience that we think other’s sin is worse than ours. But if we would be really honest about it, we know that we were headed no where fast when God revealed Himself to us. Through His mercy and grace He saved even us. Paul the apostle thought of himself as the worst sinner ever! (see 1 Timothy 1:15) When we reach that point we truly see our sin for what it is. I was personally lost and without hope. I had attempted to dethrone God in the same way Satan tried to dethrone God by not letting God rule over him. I am grateful that God saved me and has given me hope.
Help me Lord to not lose this focus. You deal with mankind on a very personal level so I never have to worry about someone else’s sin. You have them Lord. I know that You will reveal your love and grace to them in Your own way and in Your own time. I am grateful for the forgiveness I have received through Christ. And I will rejoice with others when God lavishes His love, acceptance and forgiveness upon them. – AMEN!