EVERYTHING IS YOURS
“‘My son,’ the father said, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours.’” Luke 15:31, NIV
In his book, The Gospel for Real Life, Jerry Bridges tells of a slave who had an amicable relationship with his master. To express his appreciation to this slave, the master apportioned 50,000 dollars to him in his will, and deposited it in a bank. One day, the slave called the banker and asked, “Can I have fifty cents to buy a sack of cornmeal?” He was begging for fifty cents when he is entitled to 50,000 dollars. The older brother of the prodigal son is like this slave. He has a compensation mentality and feels he has received less than he deserves for his commitment to their father’s work. He fails to realise that he is entitled to so much more than the pittance he is asking for.
Whenever we look at another believer and think that we deserve to be blessed of God more than them (perhaps because we thought we are more committed to God), we are like this older brother. Such mentality only robs us of who we really are in God. As the father told the older brother, He is also telling us today: “Everything I have is yours.” Instead of comparing yourself with others in relation to God, take your rightful position in Him and claim what belongs to you without complaining about what others get or do not get.
• Birthday Blessing: Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again rejoice – Philippians 4:4
RBT Passage: Judges 9-10
“Prejudice distorts what it sees, deceives when it talks, and destroys when it acts.” –Anonymous