And he said unto him, Son, thou are ever with me, and ALL THAT I HAVE IS THINE. Luke 15:31
I want you to think about something for a minute. Do you see God as a Father who demands obedience and service from you? Have you ever felt that unless you obey Him and keep all His commandments, you don’t have a right to be blessed by Him?
Jesus shared the story of the prodigal son to show how some of us call God “Father” but we don’t really know His heart. There are two sons in this parable. We know what happened to the prodigal son as we have heard sermons preached on it and heard the story in many different settings before. But there is also something to learn from the older son.
This is what he said to his father when he found out that he had thrown a party to celebrate the return of his irresponsible, foolish brother. He said, “Lo, these many years I have been serving you, I never disobeyed you or rebelled against you in anyway, and you never gave me a young goat that I might have a party with my friends” (Luke 15:29).
Now, this son believed that his father brought him into this world to serve him. He saw his father as someone constantly giving out orders and instructions all the time. And he saw HIMSELF as someone who had to obey those orders and instructions in order to one day receive his inheritance.
But the truth is that the father had already given him his inheritance (Luke 15:12). The father even reminded him in a loving way by saying, “Son, all that I have is YOURS.” And I am sure that the inheritance included a whole lot more than a goat.
I want to seriously ask you a question. Have you, like the older son, failed to understand your Father’s heart? Your heavenly Father already gave you a rich inheritance in Christ when you became His son. He wants you to know that you have received the Spirit of adoption or SONSHIP (Romans 8:15).
So call out to Him today and say, “Abba, Father” or “MY FATHER,” and know how much He loves you. Because you are His heir, all that He has is yours to enjoy today. Remember you have a covenant established with God through Abraham because of being IN CHRIST. That simply means that everything you have belongs to God but it also means everything that belongs to God is totally yours to receive and enjoy. Praise the Lord. What a wonderful truth.