The Prodigal And His Brother

David Wilkerson Today

FRIDAY, JULY 5, By David Wilkerson
[May 19, 1931 – April 27, 2011]

Both the prodigal son and his brother were equally sinful. The younger son had
not understood the purpose of grace, which is to grow into the maturity of
holiness. But the older son had never known his father’s heart. He had always
sought to earn his father’s love by obeying and doing. He could not accept that
his dad had always loved him unconditionally, totally apart from his good works.
The truth was, his father loved him simply because he was born of him.

“Therefore came his father out, and entreated him. And he answering said to his
father, Lo, these many years do I serve thee, neither transgressed I at any time
thy commandment: and yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might make merry
with my friends. But as soon as this thy son was come, which hath devoured thy
living with harlots, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf” (Luke 15:28-30).

The older son was saying to his father, “All these years I’ve worked so hard to
please you, yet you’ve never shown me this kind of love. At least I have never
felt it.” This sums up the root problem of the protesting son. He thought he
had earned, through good works, what his younger brother had received through

Every legalist has a difficult time setting aside the works of his flesh. Why?
Because our flesh wants to perform for God! We want to be able to say, “I’ve
earned my peace in the Lord. I’ve fasted, prayed, done everything to get the
victory. I’ve worked hard and now I’ve finally made it.”

If we are honest, we will see that our flesh always protests against dependence
on the Lord. We don’t want to rely on His mercy and grace or acknowledge that
only He can give us the power, wisdom and authority to live as overcomers.

We must be careful not to make the protest of the older brother. It is a
protest of human uprightness—and it is a stench in God’s nostrils!

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