Thursday, August 19, 2010

And You Are . . ?

Remember your teenage years?  Acne, weird hairstyles, funny clothes and just generally trying to figure out who you were.   Have you ever woken up with a confused identity?  My wife wears so many hats it's like watching a circus act where a unicycle rider is balance bowling balls and card tables on her chin.  In her case, she's a wife, mother, photographer, musician, and the list keeps going.  How about with God?   Do you ever feel more like a butler or maid than His child?  That's the real question isn't it.  Are you a servant or God's son or daughter?  The answer depends on how He loves you.

I'm sure you're familiar with Jesus' parable of the prodigal son, or, as I prefer to call it, the generous Father.  Jesus speaks of two types of people that don't view God as a loving Father.  We know that the younger son messed up his life to point of longing for pig slop.  Yuck!  So with no government help in sight,  he decides he's no better than a servant and will work as one for his dad.

Have you ever done anything that made you think, "Can God still love me after that?"  Or have you carried a backpack loaded with pounds of guilt for days on end?  Look at the Father's reaction.  He interrupts his son's brilliant proposal with love.  His dad doesn't think twice about him being anyone else but his son who has returned to loving arms.

On the other hand, the older brother was sourer than expired milk.  He had slaved away since the time of birth on his father's ranch.  Like a good cowpoke, he obeyed his dad in everything and probably did a little extra work.  The old man owed him big time.

Does working for God seem like plowing rocks?  Do you feel like you've put in the time but haven't seen the payoff?  Again, look at how the Father reacts to the older sibling's complaint.  He points out, "You're always with me,"  which is the same thing as saying, "I'm always with you."  His dad also reminds him that all he has is his son's.  The son forgot he was the child not the servant.  His father was there with him all the time, and his needs were already met.

You are God's child no matter what you do or don't do.  His love for you never changes for you are wildly loved.  I'll end with this thought from the veggie duo of Bob and Larry, "God thinks you're special, and He loves you very much."

1 comment:

  1. Oh, how He loves us! I am amazed at His amazing Love! I want to know how deep that love is, thank you Lord for your great Love!
    Eph 3:17-19
    And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge — that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. NIV

    Thank you for your post Daniel!