Making God Famous!
 

Jesus told a parable of a man who had two sons of which his younger son took his inheritance before the appointed time and squandered it off in wild living (Luke 15:11-32). The story goes on to say that after this son had lost all his money, he ended up as a hired hand feeding pigs. He even longed to eat the pods that the pigs fed on. That was how bad his situation was.

One day he came to his senses, realising that his father's servants were even in a better position that he is in and that they were better fed. Thus, he decided to go back to his father. His decision was that he was not worthy anymore to be called a son and that his father should make him a slave.

However, while he was still a long way off, the father saw him and ran to him. Even before the son could say anything, the father threw his arms around him and kissed him. And while the son was trying to tell the father that he should no longer qualify to be known as a son but as a slave, a ring was put on his finger, sandals were placed on his feet, and one of the best robes in the home graced him. Besides that, preparations were being made for an immediate feast.

While this young man who had sinned wanted to come back to his father's house as a slave, the compassion of the father immediately saw his repentance and reinstated him back as son.

His elder brother however, also had issues of his own. He was upset with his father for throwing a party for his brother who had squandered off his inheritance. He would not go in to join the party!

Once again we see the compassion of the father, going out to his elder son. It says that the father "went out and pleaded with him". The older brother was upset because he felt that he was "slaving" all those years for the father and had not gotten anything. And the reply of the compassionate father to his son was, "you are always with me, and everything I have is yours".

The elder brother too had a slave mentality even though he was in his father's house. Once again, the father's answer tells us that he had already given the son everything to enjoy. His elder son just did not see his position as a son to enjoy everything the father has.

Do we have the mentality of a slave or a son? A son has a relationship with the father. A son enjoys the inheritance of the father. And a son definately has the authority that is bestowed by the father.

God is our Heavenly Father, but are we His son?

 


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