"And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father's have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!" Luke 15:17
You all know the story of the young man in the verse above. His first step out of where he was (the pigpen) came when he finally asked himself, "What am I doing?" If you are a child of God through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, I would like to ask you the same thing.
What are you doing living in guilt and condemnation when God does not condemn you? What you are doing living in defeat when Jesus has already won the victory on your behalf? What are you doing living as the tail when you are the head? What are you doing carrying that heavy burden when the burden of the Lord is light? What are you doing living in fear when Jesus has given you His peace? What are you doing spending your time worrying when God has already made provision for all that you need? What are you doing living on the bottom when God has promoted you to the top? What are you doing letting enemy beat you up when Jesus has already destroyed His work power over you?
In the story the son was willing to just be a servant in his father's house but the father restored him to the place of a son. When we put our faith and trust in Jesus as Savior and Lord, we become children of God. We don't only become servants, we become sons/daughters. As children there are certain rights and privileges that He has given us. We are to be living like children. So what are you doing living below the status of a child? This young man was a son because he was born to the father. When we are born again, we are born to the Heavenly Father. When the young man rebelled against the father, repented and then returned home, the father put him back into the place of a son. That means the father expected him to live like a son from now on. Our Heavenly Father created us to be His children and then restored us when we fell back to the place of a child. He too expects us to live like children. So what you are doing by living less than His child?
Have a great day. If you are a born again child of God, what are you doing living like you aren't His child?
For further reading:
1 Corinthians 15:57
1 John 5:4
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