Friday, 06 August
“And he said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours” – Luke 15:31 ESV
The Parable Of The Prodigal Son is one that every Christian knows very well. You have a father who has two sons and their characters are very different. On one hand, you have the older son that has dedicated his whole life to serving his father. His only priority in life is pleasing his father. He is so dedicated that he doesn’t even have a social life. He works like this because he believes that he has to earn his father’s love. On the other hand, you have the younger brother who loves the finer things in life. His main objective is to have fun and he was probably very popular amongst his peers. He is what kids today would call an A-lister.
Most of us can agree that we dislike the younger brother as he squandered everything and now he’s come back and still gets more wealth and is easily forgiven (most of us have that brother who gets away with everything). While the older brother is disciplined and the one that people know that they can depend on. The difference between the two is that one knew what belonged to him, while the other felt compelled to work to earn what belongs to him. In Christianity, we have people who feel they aren’t worthy of God’s time and love if they haven’t prayed and fasted for weeks. They feel that they need to work for his approval. The problem with rewards/approval after works is that they have the potential to massage your pride because you feel that you have earned the recognition.
In the above Scripture, you can see that the older brother didn’t realize that everything he’s been working so hard for has always been readily available to him. The father had already allocated an inheritance for him and he didn’t have to work hard for it. As Christians, we know that we are co-heirs with Christ and everything the Father has belongs to us. We are princesses and princes in the Kingdom and lack is not our portion. Our grandfather, Abraham, made the sacrifice so that we do not live like illegitimate children. Sadly, some will never really experience or enjoy the fruits and privileges of being children in the Kingdom because they feel that they haven’t worked hard enough for them.
“Ask me, and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession” Psalm 2:8. Let’s just go and claim what is rightfully ours as Christ has already died for it. We need the Caleb mindset, the mindset of taking no prisoners when it comes to our portion.
As Christians, we know that we are co-heirs with Christ and everything the Father has belongs to us. We are princesses and princes in the Kingdom and lack is not our portion