You know the story of the Prodigal Son. That’s the young man that wanted his inheritance early, before dad died, and then moved away and wasted it all.
After a bout with some of the filthiest work imaginable
for a young Jewish man, he came to his senses and decided to return home. Just being a hired hand at his father’s estate would be better than his current situation.
He did return home to the open arms of his father. But not everyone was happy about it.
His older brother complained about it to dad.
So he answered and said to his father, ‘Lo, these many years I have been serving you; I never transgressed your commandment at any time; and yet you never gave me a young goat, that I might make merry with my friends. But as soon as this son of yours came, who has devoured your livelihood with harlots, you killed the fatted calf for him.’ Luke 15:29-30
The older brother gives us a few things that should not exist at the Father’s House.
Anger and jealousy have no place in the Father’s House.
You cannot be bitter over someone else. Anger, jealousy, and bitterness will not allow you to feel the joy of worshiping God. These are anti-christ feelings.
Bragging and selfishness have no place in the Father’s House.
The elder son brags about his service and lack of sin.
The elder had an “I” problem. Your “I’s” will get you in trouble if you don’t keep them on God. Lucifer’s downfall was his pride in his I’s. (c.f. Isa 14:12-15)
Name calling and finger pointing have no place in the Father’s House.
Even though this was his brother but he doesn’t call him that. He is referred to as “this son of yours”.
He then makes reference that he wasted everything on prostitutes. Now how did he know something like that? He wasn’t there and hasn’t talked with his brother, yet he begins to sow a seed of discord within his dad by spreading rumors or making up gossip.
The Father’s House – the church – would be better off without these things. There is no place for them.
For My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations. Isa 56:7