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Instead of their shame my people will receive a double portion, and instead of disgrace they will rejoice in their inheritance; and so they will inherit a double portion in their land, and everlasting joy will be theirs. Isaiah 61:7

He didn’t have it all wrong. He’s gone down in history as being selfish, greedy and unforgiving, but the brother of the Prodigal Son had a point….sort of. He just took it a little too far. While his motives may not have been quite right and his heart was set on his own profit, the ‘other son’ had a few things going for him.

He was a model son, at least until his rebellious, stubborn brother showed back up on the scene. He’d worked hard for his father. So much so that dad had time to spend his days scouring the hillside for a sign that his ‘little boy’ may be coming home.

He was certainly faithful. While his younger brother, the brat, was off carousing with women, bringing shame and embarrassment to the family and squandering away his fortune, the ‘other son’ was home protecting the dignity and status of the family name. No doubt everyone in the community knew about the goings on of little brother. They no doubt looked at ‘the other son’ with pride. “What a fine, outstanding young man, especially in light of…you know who.”

For all the good and understanding he had, the ‘other son’ lost sight of one thing, the promise. In Jewish society the inheritance was normally split up into thirds. The oldest son would get 2/3 of the inheritance and the other son would get the other 1/3.

The prodigal son took his inheritance and wasted it. When he returned home he was greeted with open arms by the father. He was treated to a celebration and given a place of honor. Scripture implies he spent the rest of his life as a son. What he didn’t get was an inheritance. That was the consequence of his spend-thrift lifestyle.

Isaiah tells us that God’s people will receive a double portion of the inheritance. Because of Jesus we are not ashamed. Because of Jesus we are not disgraced. We are promised a place of honor and celebration. As we travel this journey called life we may encounter much pain. Some of that pain may be the result of our own poor choices. We may bear the scars and consequences of bad decisions. But that won’t affect our inheritance because that inheritance is secure because of what Jesus did for us on the cross. Our ‘sonship’ was sealed when the seal on Jesus’ tomb was shattered by His resurrection.

The ‘other son’ should have realized what each of us should realize as well. Our inheritance is secure. Sometimes we have to wait a long time to receive an inheritance. But once we do, it’s well worth the wait.

The obstacles that hinder you on this journey called life may seem insurmountable, but remember this, as Christ-followers we will not be ashamed. Because of Jesus we will not be disgraced. The enemy will constantly try to remind you of your failings. Don’t let that liar put you down! We are children of the King and in Him our inheritance is secure. No one can take it from us.

PRAYER: Holy Father. I thank you for the promise I have that because of Jesus my inheritance with you is secure. I’ve made many mistakes. I struggle to do the things that I know I should do. I earnestly desire to be free from the pain of my own consequences. Help me to be patient in life. Empower me to live for you so I won’t squander away my life on temporary things that only bring happiness for a short time. In Jesus Name I pray, Amen.

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