Listen to today’s devo!

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

Have you ever been annoyed by the recognition someone is receiving? Do you know the feeling of jealously in your heart as you watch a celebration take place after someone’s past doesn’t seem to deserve it? Chances are, many of us have found ourselves struggling with this at some time or another in our lives. Within our human brokenness, we can find ourselves doubting transformation, experiencing reluctance to see someone succeed, or even becoming jealous. If you haven’t, let me tell you; it’s not a pleasant experience.

This story shared by Jesus in Luke 15 shows the older brother fully feeling all of those things and more. He is frustrated as he tried to be faithful all along, only to then watch his younger brother receive a grand celebration. Even as the younger brother’s celebration comes because of new life, the older brother’s human brokenness quickly rises to the surface amid the celebratory situation.

When we find ourselves in these moments, with brokenness rearing its ugly head, may an alarm in our souls quickly go off, leading us to pause and to reflect on the heart of the heavenly Father. God will boldly remind us that each child is worth celebrating, because he made each one on purpose and for a purpose. He created masterpieces, and each one is worth celebrating.

Celebrate others as your heavenly Father celebrates you.

Laura Walls is a wife, new mom, and assistant pastor at Waterline Church. She enjoys laughing with friends, sitting around a campfire, and trips to the local craft store.

© 2022 Wesleyan Publishing House. Reprinted from Light from the Word. Used by permission. Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®.