And he said to him, "Son, you are always with me, and all that I have is yours. -Luke 15:31 NKJV
Most of us have heard the parable of the Prodigal Son and how he was once lost but eventually came back home seeking a new start with his family. I love how it pictures the second chance we get with God once we return to Him after we have gone astray. However, I can't help but think about the Prodigal's brother (the good son) and the "What about me?" thoughts going through his mind as he hears of his father's plans for his brother's "Welcome Home" party.
The good son needed some help to see the bigger picture of his life. His father aptly reminded him of his place in the world. All that the father had was already the son's.
Too often, we are like the Good Son, worried about how and when we are going to be rewarded for our obedience to God in things big and small. We see how others succomb to worldly pleasures and fail to heed God's call on their lives, yet have lives seemingly more fulfilling than ours and wonder "What about me?". God's answer to us is as simple as the father's answer to his good son. All that God has is ours. God is always with us. Like the Good Son, we have the riches of God at our fingertips in the form of inner peace, joy and soulful rest, because we can be confident that God is in charge of our greater good.
In addition to peace on earth as a reward, we also are guaranteed an inheritance in heaven with God. We are joint heirs with Christ in our future home. We just have to wait a little longer for it than those who are getting their only inheritance from the things on earth. But it is worth the wait. We just need to remember to see things as they really are.
To think on:
1. What good things am I missing because I'm so focused on what I don't have?
2. How can I remind myself to overlook the "blemishes" on my wall of life, and see what I do have, no matter what is going on around me?
Janna Rust is a Professional Coach and Speaker dedicated to encouraging others towards lives God intends for them. For more information, visit her at www.purposefulpartnerships.com.