Friday, October 19, 2012

All That I Have Is Yours

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Luke 15:31... ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that I have is yours.

After running a few errands for his parents, a little boy went 2 his father and said, “I know why u and mummy had me.” “Why?” asked his father. “So that u guys would have someone 2 run errands for u!” exclaimed the boy.

Like the little boy, do u see God as a Father who demands obedience and service from u? Have u ever felt that unless u obey Him and keep all His commandments, u don’t have a right 2b blessed by Him?

Jesus shared the story of the prodigal son 2 show how some of us call God “Father” and yet don’t know His heart. There are two sons in this parable. We know what happened 2 the prodigal son, but we can also learn something about the older son. This is what he said 2 his father when he discovered that his father had thrown a party 2 celebrate the return of his irresponsible, spendthrift brother: “Lo, these many years I have been serving u; I never transgressed your commandment at any time; and yet u never gave me a young goat, that I might make merry with my friends.” (Luke 15:29)

Now, this son believed that his father had brought him into the world 2 serve him. He saw his father as someone issuing commandments 2 him all the time. And he saw himself as someone who had 2 obey those commandments 2 enjoy his inheritance. But the truth is that the father had already given him his inheritance. (Luke 15:12) The father even reminded him lovingly: “Son… all that I have is yours.” And I am sure that that inheritance included more than one goat!

Have u, like the older son, failed 2 understand your Father’s heart? Your heavenly Father already gave u a rich inheritance in Christ when u became His son. He wants u 2 know that u have received the Spirit of sonship. (Romans 8:15) So call out 2 Him, “Abba, Father!” and know how much He loves u. Because u are His heir, all that He has is yours 2 enjoy today!