The Blessed Life

The Fathers Blessing

I believe that God has called us to pursue His blessing aggressively but perhaps it might look a little different than you expect.

In Luke 15:11-31, Jesus shares a parable about two different people who did not believe the father wanted to pour out blessing upon them. They had two very different responses. In this parable Jesus talks about a man who has two sons. The younger son comes to the father and asks for his share of the estate and so the father gives it to him.

The parable continues and the son squanders all of the wealth his father has given him on what The Bible calls “wild living”. Why? This son wanted adventure, pleasure, and excitement. Let me make a bold assertion here…excitement, adventure, and pleasure are not in themselves bad things.

A person who has appropriate excitement, adventure and pleasure in his life is blessed. The desires for these things are desires that God has placed in our heart. The problem is the young man went off to seek them in his own way, and the way he chose was selfish and warped. Pursing blessing outside the father’s plan, outside His house, and outside of His will is dangerous, and although He will let us “choose” to do this, it will inevitably destroy us!

Scripture says when the son came to his senses he said, “How many of my fathers servants have food to spare?” The point is, the fathers servants have all they need.

Like the younger son, the older son also failed to believe the father wanted to bless him. He had a slave mentality. He believed he was obligated to work for the father without actually receiving anything in return. He makes the statement, “you never even gave me a goat to celebrate with my friends”. The father replies, “son, you are always with me and everything I have is yours”.

The older son also made two mistakes. First, he failed to understand that the father wanted to bless him. Second, he failed to ask for blessing. I believe as children of God we should ask ourselves if there is a place in our lives where we are not receiving the fathers blessing because we have stepped into the role of one of these sons.

Today is a great day to have a fresh understanding of God’s heart and to start receiving all that He has for us.

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