Do not boast of your abundant blessings, for they may not be, because you are following God.
God has given us so many stories to try to reach all of His children. If only we would listen to them and try to hear what He is saying to us.
The story of the prodigal son is God’s way to explain to us how He tries to reach the unfaithful children of God, as well as the faithful children of God.
................................Just because God has blessed you abundantly, doesn’t mean you are following God’s will for your life...............................
God tells us in other verses that He alone is the Father and then in this story, He talks of a father and two sons. One son stays with the father, to do the father’s work. The other son leaves the father to do his own thing. Both sons are blessed with the same wealth that they would have gotten if they had both stayed with the father.
The true Father knows the hearts of both of these sons. One son needs the lesson of failure and the other son needs the lesson of forgiveness.
The first son would never be happy until he tried to live the worldly life.
The second son was content to do his father’s work, but he was full of resentment when his worldly brother returned and was given the free gift of forgiveness and was joyfully received back into the home.
Both sons believed in their father, but they still had to live out different lives to be content at home.
When God blesses Christians abundantly, we must look beyond the abundant blessings, to the lesson that God is trying to teach.
Christians who are blessed abundantly with worldly wealth are not always blessed because they are doing the work of the Father. They are blessed because God loves them and wants them to learn the lessons that they need before they come home to the Lord.
But we must remember to always forgive each other, never to judge each other, and joyfully rejoice when any are finished with worldly living and come back home.
We must also remember that the true wealth we are given, will not be given here in this world, but when we are home with the Father.
Matthew 23 (New King James Version)
1 Then Jesus spoke to the multitudes and to His disciples, 2 saying: “The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat. 3 Therefore whatever they tell you to observe, that observe and do, but do not do according to their works; for they say, and do not do. 4 For they bind heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers. 5 But all their works they do to be seen by men. They make their phylacteries broad and enlarge the borders of their garments. 6 They love the best places at feasts, the best seats in the synagogues, 7 greetings in the marketplaces, and to be called by men, ‘Rabbi, Rabbi.’ 8 But you, do not be called ‘Rabbi’; for One is your Teacher, the Christ, and you are all brethren. 9 Do not call anyone on earth your father; for One is your Father, He who is in heaven. 10 And do not be called teachers; for One is your Teacher, the Christ. 11 But he who is greatest among you shall be your servant. 12 And whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.
Luke 15 (New King James Version)
1 Then all the tax collectors and the sinners drew near to Him to hear Him. 2 And the Pharisees and scribes complained, saying, “This Man receives sinners and eats with them.” 3 So He spoke this parable to them, saying:4 “What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he loses one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost until he finds it? 5 And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. 6 And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!’ 7 I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance.
8 “Or what woman, having ten silver coins, if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and search carefully until she finds it? 9 And when she has found it, she calls her friends and neighbors together, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the piece which I lost!’ 10 Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”
11 Then He said: “A certain man had two sons. 12 And the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the portion of goods that falls to me.’ So he divided to them his livelihood. 13 And not many days after, the younger son gathered all together, journeyed to a far country, and there wasted his possessions with prodigal living. 14 But when he had spent all, there arose a severe famine in that land, and he began to be in want. 15 Then he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country, and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. 16 And he would gladly have filled his stomach with the pods that the swine ate, and no one gave him anything.17 “But when he came to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! 18 I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you, 19 and I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me like one of your hired servants.”’ 20 “And he arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him. 21 And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight, and am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ 22 “But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet. 23 And bring the fatted calf here and kill it, and let us eat and be merry; 24 for this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ And they began to be merry. 25 “Now his older son was in the field. And as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing. 26 So he called one of the servants and asked what these things meant. 27 And he said to him, ‘Your brother has come, and because he has received him safe and sound, your father has killed the fatted calf.’ 28 “But he was angry and would not go in. Therefore his father came out and pleaded with him. 29 So he answered and said to his father, ‘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. 30 But as soon as this son of yours came, who has devoured your livelihood with harlots, you killed the fatted calf for him.’31 “And he said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that I have is yours. 32 It was right that we should make merry and be glad, for your brother was dead and is alive again, and was lost and is found.”
This article is dedicated to God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ, the Immanuel, who is “God with us.” Isaiah 7:14, Isaiah 8:8-10, Isaiah 9:6-7, Matthew 1:22-24, John 5:40-47 and who is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of this world John 1:29,36 ; Revelation 7:13-17