Children of God 24

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Children of God – Day 24

Luke 15:24

“For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.” So they began to celebrate.

The Thought

Of all the communities on the earth, Christians have the best reason to celebrate. We are the only ones assured of a wonderful future in the courts of our King. We are the only people on earth who can be redeemed from every sin we have ever committed. Hallelujah!

Earlier in this chapter we read that there is rejoicing in Heaven when one sinner repents (Luke 15:7). People who leave a life of sin to become Christians are often the ones who understand best that the Christian life is not just about repenting, and spending hours on your knees. Yes, there is that important part of it, but we can also celebrate. They have experienced the bad, so understand the good. Let’s celebrate with them.

Sadly the older son was not so happy as his father at the return of his brother. He was angry, frustrated, and jealous. This older brother makes me think of people I have known who see new Christians racing along in their faith and practicing several spiritual gifts, and jealousy rises in them, just as it did with the older brother.

We must get excited when new believers develop fast in their faith, and often dare to do much more than our generation of believers has done.


Pray for those church communities who have difficulty celebrating. Pray for them to be set free and to know the “fun” side of Jesus.

Praise God that He gives us so many reasons to rejoice. Praise Him with a loud voice today (Psalm 33:3, Psalm 47:1).

Read the story of the two sons in Luke 15, and pray that those who work full time for the Lord will get things in the right order. A right relationship with God and knowing how much they are loved as individuals in Him comes first.

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