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 15:31-32
These are the wise words told to the son that stayed with the father and was not reckless. Sometimes we take the attitude of the “other” son and we choose to be jealous of God’s bringing back someone from death. We don’t understand what all that person has been through and forget the blessings God has given us. Jesus tells three parables in this section of scripture in response to the Pharisees saying He spent too much time with sinners. Each of the parables has a common theme; loss. Lost sheep, lost coin and lost son. The reality of the situation is we all are lost in some way shape or form. We have to get past ourselves to see the greatness God has for our lives. It doesn’t mean we are going to be a bazillionaire, or be the president of the United States. We have to lose our life to win in life. What does that look like? It takes you realizing your situation as the lost son did and taking the steps to come back to the Father, who by the way, has His arms open wide to accept you back in. God is ready, willing and able to coming running to you when you cry out. First we have to loose to win.