Saturday – All I have is yoursLuke 15:31-32 “My son,” the father said, “you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.” Peter 1:3 His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness Someone once said that we will get the most out of our prayers and reading of the New Testament if we read them as if we ourselves were Pharisees. This parable about the lost sons was originally meant for the Pharisees standing nearby. It was they who stood challenged to finish the end of the parable – to decide whether or not they would enter into the house of their Father, who rejoices over the second birth of his sinful son. Whether they would join in the celebration, accept sinners and rejoice together with the Father. Whether they would believe the assurance of the Father, that all he has is theirs. Everything I have is yours It is a problem all of us have, that we constantly think we need something more, or something else or new, so that we can be good Christians and so that we can do the things which he has called us to do. We often lack the simple everyday happiness of being where we are right now, even through all of the visible obstacles. It is hard to believe that the riches that we are searching for are hidden under our own feet. Hard to believe that the treasure is Christ in us and the fact that God has made his home in us. It is hard to believe that we have everything we need for a godly life. As the church in Europe we sometimes resemble Jacob, who exclaimed upon waking, “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I wasn’t aware of it!” The words: “Son, you are always with me, and everything I have is yours.” apply for us as well in the most atheistic continent of the world. We have all we need for a fulfilling life with God and all we have to do is enter. God will take care of the rest. Pray …
- … for the renewal of church in its love for people.
- …that we as a church would be willing to leave the safety of our ghetto and search for the lost
- … that we would grow in the understanding of the richness and greatness of life in Christ; that we, as God’s people would walk in this assurance of God’s presence every day.
- … for a new generation of evangelists in the church, who will be able to portray the fullness of God’s kingdom and share the gospel with the power of the Holy Spirit and wisdom from above.
- … that in this next year, your church would be able to rejoice over more people, who have accepted the invitation of the Father and believe in his Son.
- … for your loved ones who are dead spiritually and your desire for them to have spiritual life.