Most sermons I’ve heard has placed the emphasis on the fact that the younger son repents and comes home to a welcoming father. But what about the older son? He actually plays a big part in the story, too.
Why do you go to church? A lot of people go because they think they’re doing God a favor. Or maybe they think they will be favored by God for attending. Some people mistakenly think attending church makes them a Christian. Or going to church keeps them a Christian.
Have you ever used any of these reasons for attending church?
When my mother was a teenager she went to a small Baptist church at the urging of her grandmother. At her Sunday School teachers insistence she attended the required salvation classes and performed the next step which was to accept Jesus as her Savior. Being obedient she was also baptized. As far as my mother was concerned she had performed the requirement to get into Heaven and that was that.
Let’s say you invite your best friend to your home for brunch. Your specialty is scrambled eggs. While the two of you chat you prepare the meal. Your famous recipe calls for five eggs but when you open the egg carton there are only four eggs in it.