Posted by: peebles | March 21, 2011

Luke 15:29 ( NIV) ~ But he answered his father, “Look! All these years I’ve been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends.”

 This son never once saw himself as a son, but only as slave, and he even confessed this before his father. He could only see himself as a slave rather than a son. Even though he served his father and never once disobeyed him, his heart was never in his work. His mindset was so fixed on being a slave that he missed out on being a son and serving his father with joy, and his service was given as a matter of duty, not as a matter of joy.
In the book entitled, “The Shack” by William P. Young, you will find this quote: “Paradigms power perceptions, perceptions power emotions.” A paradigm is a “habit of reasoning” or a fixed mode of thought; a mindset. The belief you have about something will determine how you perceive life and, that in turn, will power your emotional response to it. This son had to first of all address his mindset in order to receive from his father, he had to break free from the slave mentality and liberate his thinking and emotions in order to see himself as a son who could receive all that the father had for him, as slave will never share in the inheritance, only a son. This son perceived himself as a slave, in his mind his relationship with his father was one of servitude without a loving father-son relationship. He even complained to his father that not once did his father give him even a young goat to celebrate with his friends. Yet his father replied in Luke 15:31 (NIV), “My son, you are always with me and everything I have is yours.”

Communication is the key to any relationship, at any time the son could have approached his father and asked for a young goat to celebrate with his friends, yet he did not. Could it be that you have not, because you ask not? Never see yourself as slaving away for God, but rather serve the Lord with gladness.

My friend, when you see yourself as a son and serve your heavenly Father with a willing heart, then you will have an open relationship in which you communicate with your Father as a son would. All that Father has is yours, if you would only ask. And all that Father has is yours, because you are a joint heir as a son though Christ Jesus and not a slave.

 

 

 

God bless you my friend, Matthew.
 

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