The Lord’s parable of the prodigal son has touched the hearts of many for generations. His inclusion of the elder brother holds at least three powerful lessons.

  1. It is possible for us to assume the place and privilege of a son while refusing the obligations of a brother. But being a Christian puts me in relationship with God as my Father and you as my brother or sister (Rom. 1:14; 1 Jn. 3:17).