Reflective Bible Study.
Focus Passage: Luke 15:11-32 (NIV)In today’s journal entry, we are going to be touching on one of Jesus’ most famous parables – the parable of the lost son. However, while we could focus on the lost son, or on the Father character, the big idea I want to bring out from this parable comes from the character of the older brother. At the beginning of the parable, we get a pretty strong impression that the younger (rebellious) son is immature, because demanding his inheritance early is similar to saying that his father is dying too slowly. He then proceeds to leave town and waste the money on wild living. Back at home, we can only imagine the older brother to be way more mature, having chosen to stay and continue working in the family business. However, when famine strikes and the younger son hits bottom and makes his way home, we get a glimpse into both brothers’ characters. We see the younger brother, with a lot more life experience (and maturity), practicing a speech that is a complete 180 degree shift from his earlier demands. Life has taught this son something the father was never able to – maturity. In contrast, the older son, who never left the business, reveals his character when the father chooses to celebrate the return of his younger brother. The older brother becomes jealous, resentful, and angry at the thought of celebrating. Both sons really wanted the same thing, but the Father sees and knows something that both sons don’t realize: Humility is a sign of maturity. By getting angry at the celebration, the older son reveals how immature he really is. He isn’t gutsy enough to demand his inheritance early (like the younger son), but he was missing opportunities to grow while at home. At the close of this parable, we find the younger son having matured significantly more than the older son, something I am sure the father has picked up on. So what about in our own lives? Do we live and act out of an inner humility – which helps reveal our real maturity level – or do we live and act in a way that reveals how immature we really are? This thought was inspired by studying the Walking With Jesus “Reflective Bible Study” package. To discover insights like this in your own study time, click here and give Reflective Bible Study a try today! Read this article on the web on it's official page: Humility and Maturity: Luke 15:11-32