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THE ELDER SON

Thursday, July 1st, 2010

Day 120

“And he was angry”
Luke 15:28

We know the story about the Prodigal Son who returns home after squandering his fortune and hitting bottom. He found a merciful loving father who forgave him for his foolishness. There is another part to this parable that bears a hard message for many. The elder son did not leave home and did not reject his father. But, on the joyous reunion of the father with his lost son, the elder brother was angry. He wouldn’t go in the house for the feast and the father had to come out. His response to his anger tells the whole story; “Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine” [verse 31].

Why didn’t the elder son know this? The younger son’s ignorance of his father’s nature can be excused, but how could the elder son so misjudge the father? He lived on the father’s land, partook of the father’s provision each day, labored in his fields, and knew the inner workings of his kingdom. How could he, who was so close and had great authority and responsibility, not know his father? Yet, he stood angry and confused. What could have he missed all those years?

Today there are many elder sons who know the Father, His kingdom, work, and even His wonders, miracles, and healing. But they have missed the most important part – a relationship with the Father Himself! Are not the gifts, ministries, blessings and all of God’s wonders intended for one purpose – to bring us to the place of perfect fellowship with our Father? Is that not why our Lord and Savior gave His life? The Father’s heart is crying out to His elder sons to come home. Our life is to be centered on Him alone.

“I am with thee, and will keep thee
in all places whither thou goest”
Genesis 28:15

HIS IMAGE AND LIKENESS

Friday, June 25th, 2010

Day 114

“He [man] is the image and glory of God”
1 Corinthians 11:7

We are the image and glory of God.

Have you ever considered this? Christ, as the firstborn and our Elder brother, has reconciled and restored us to our rightful place as sons of God. We were created to have an intimate relationship with God our Father. Because we were made in His image and likeness, we have part of His nature. God has placed that in every person and this is the reason why man cannot find full satisfaction and peace unless he is restored to his original purposes. Only God can satisfy man’s hunger and thirst.

Christianity isn’t being ‘good’ or doing the right thing. It isn’t even about getting rid of sin. Being a Christian has everything to do with going home and taking our rightful place in the household of God. The meaning of faith is the restoration of our life in full dependency on our Sovereign God and Father. Although not divine, we are like God who created us. We are now partakers of the divine nature [2 Peter 1:4]. It is the ultimate goal of a Christian to be Christ-like because we have been predestinated to be conformed to the image of His Son [Romans 8:29].

Do you know before the foundation of this world God called you according to His own purpose and grace through Christ Jesus [2 Timothy 1:9]? Yes, you were chosen in Him. And now you are the glory of Christ. Great opportunity is open to you to be a light to others, revealing our glorious Lord and His excellency. You can be a blessing to many, a messenger of reconciliation, telling them the Good News. What a privilege to be a testimony of God’s goodness!

“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a
new creature: old things are passed away;
behold, all things are become new”
2 Corinthians 5:17