ALL THAT I HAVE IS YOURS
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 to his father and said, I know why you and mummy had me. Why? asked his father. So that you guys would have someone to run errands for you! exclaimed the boy.
Like the little boy, 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 and yet don’t know His heart. There are two sons in this parable. We know what happened to the prodigal son, but we can also learn something about the older son. This is what he said to his father when he discovered that his father had thrown a party to celebrate the return of his irresponsible, spendthrift brother: Lo, these many years I have been serving you; I never transgressed your commandment at any time; and yet you 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 to serve him. He saw his father as someone issuing commandments to him all the time. And he saw himself as someone who had to obey those commandments to 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 you, like the older son, failed to understand your Fathers 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 sonship. (Romans 8:15) So call out to Him, Abba, Father! and know how much He loves you. Because you are His heir, all that He has is yours to enjoy today!
THE GREATNESS OF HIS FAVOR
But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us…raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. – Ephesians 2:4–7, NKJV
Oftentimes, people set their focus on what God has done in the past — how He parted the Red Sea or stopped the sun for Joshua or fed thousands of people with just a little boy’s small lunch. Yes, God has performed many amazing miracles throughout history. And it’s important that we give Him praise, but at the same time, we also have to look forward to what God wants to do in our lives today.
In today’s verse, Paul says that “in the ages to come” God would do things that exceed anything He’s ever done before. I believe that the “ages to come” is this day and time we’re living in right now. God wants to outdo Himself in our generation!
Remember, God is a God of increase. Where you are today is not where you are supposed to stay. He has greater levels of His favor and blessing in store for your future. Dare to dream big! Dare to keep a God-sized vision in front of you! Dare to take hold of every spiritual blessing He has in store for you!
HEIR OF THE WORLD TODAY
Romans 4:13 – For the promise that he would be the heir of the world was not to Abraham or to his seed through the law, but through the righteousness of faith.
God promised Abraham that he would be the heir of the world. Now, dont be too quick to say, Well, that promise was made only to Abraham and not me. The verse says, For the promise that he would be the heir of the world was not to Abraham or to his seed through the law, but through the righteousness of faith. So the promise was not just made to Abraham, but to his seed as well, that is, you and I who belong to ChristAnd if you are Christs, then you are Abrahams seed, and heirs according to the promise. (Galatians 3:29)
Notice that God did not say that you would be the heir of the country you are living in, but heir of the world! The Greek word for world here is kosmos, which means the universe as well as the whole circle of earthly goods, endowments, advantages and pleasures. All these are yours to inherit through the righteousness of faith in Jesus and His finished work at the cross. This righteousness is given to you as a gift from God, so you dont have to earn it through good works.
For God to fulfill His promise, He has to prosper you. You cant be the heir of the world and be in lack or in debt! Not only that, He must keep you healthy because you cant inherit the world when you are sick and always flat on your back.
Dont listen to people who tell you that you will only get to enjoy these blessings when you get to heaven one fine day. Why would you need riches in heaven? There, even the streets are made of pure gold. (Revelation 21:21) And why would you need healing in heaven? There is no sickness there. So you need the health and provision in the here and now!
Beloved, God wants you to be the heir of the world today. So lay hold of your rich inheritance today. Jesus paid for it with His blood. Dont push it all to the sweet by and by!
RIGHTEOUSLY FORGIVEN AND JUSTIFIED
…all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. – Romans 3:23–24
God did not justify and bless us on the foundation of pity or mercy. He did it on an even higher foundation—the foundation of undisputed grace and righteousness. He delivered up His Son, Jesus Christ. On the cross, God made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, so that we could become the righteousness of God in Him (2 Corinthians 5:21). God judged Jesus, punishing Him with our punishments, diseases and curses. Jesus took it all upon Himself and exhausted it all in His person, and cried out, “It is finished!” (John 19:30).
Jesus paid the ultimate price, so that God could legally and righteously forgive, justify and bless us. Today, if the enemy whispers to you, “You deserve to be in this mess because of what you did last year,” you can boldly declare, “At the cross, Jesus took all the bad that I deserved and gave me His righteousness and blessings. Because of what He did for me, my sins are forgiven, I am justified, and I have a blood-bought right to healing, health, wholeness, provision and success!”
Beloved, if Jesus suffered and died for you to have all of God’s blessings, believe in His finished work and lay hold of these blessings! Believe and declare over yourself, “I am forgiven, justified, healed and abundantly blessed based on the solid foundation of God’s grace and righteousness!
OUR COMFORT IS IN ETERNITY
John 14:2 “In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.”
This is Jesus’ last teaching to His disciples before His crucifixion. Jesus’ disciples were about to go through the greatest test of their faith that they had ever encountered. Jesus said that He was saying these things so His disciples would not be offended. Jesus was preparing them for what was to come. Why then speak of preparing them a mansion in heaven? The reason for this was to comfort the disciples and help them put things in perspective. In 1 Thessalonians 4:18, Paul tells us to comfort one another with words about being gathered unto the Lord in the air. Paul said again, “I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us” (Rom. 8:18). Someday, all of our trials will seem like nothing and this can be a great comfort to us now.
Also, when we think about being with the Lord through all eternity, it helps us to put things in proper perspective. It is easy to get fearful about our problems and think all is lost. However, for those of us who are born again, if worse comes to worse, we still have the promise of Jesus wiping all the tears from our eyes and preparing a habitation for us where all our former sorrows will have passed away. This keeps us from despairing and makes us much stronger in our faith.
In heaven, there are many dwelling places and Jesus is preparing one for us.
The thing that is going to make heaven “heaven” is the fact that we will be with Jesus. No doubt, there will be things to see and do that will be wonderful, but nothing will compare to being with the one who loved us and died for us. A preoccupation with the details of what things will be like in heaven is missing the point.
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