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The Expectations Of The Older Son
By : Matt Anslow
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Re-reading the parable of the Prodigal Son to ask some important questions. The parables that make up Luke 15 are well known and furthermore well used in our preaching and teaching. Particularly we have used the infamous parable of the Prodigal Son to illustrate many points concerning ministry to the lost. And rightly so. The Prodigal Son story helps us understand the heart of God. But is this all? Typically we see ourselves from the point of view of the lost son, stricken with our sin, coming back to the Father and receiving the grace that comes from His open arms. May I suggest that a subversion of roles may be necessary to see a different viewpoint, one that has great ramifications on our ministries? Instead of seeing ourselves as the younger son in this scenario, let us for a minute imagine that we are the older son.

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Peter Cole
Thank you Matt for a thought provoking article. This is an interesting way of looking at the parable of the Prodigal Son and a helpful reminder that we are called not to please others, or even ourselves, but to do the will of God in a way that meets His expectations.
Blythe and Irene Mann
Thanks Matt
It is interesting to note where the Father is at the end of the story - with the outcast - the older son!

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