Monday, December 20, 2004

elder son

"And he said to him, 'Son, you have always been with me, and all that is mine is yours.'" - Luke 15:31

"The words of the text are familiar to us all. The elder son had complained and said, that though his father had made a feast, and had killed the fatted calf for the prodigal son, he had never given him even a kid that he might make merry with his friends. The answer of the father was: 'Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine.' One cannot have a more wonderful revelation of the heart of our Father in heaven than this points out to us. We often speak of the wonderful revelation of the father’s heart in his welcome to the prodigal son, and in what he did for him. But here we have a revelation of the father’s love far more wonderful, in what he says to the elder son."

- Andrew Murray, The Deeper Christian Life, Chapter II.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hi Lindsay,

I just came across your blog. I love your pic's!

Luke 15, the prodigal son, wow what an incredible story.
I wanted to share a couple of thoughts here about this story that have encouraged me.

Isn't it interesting how we at our best without knowing Him, continually break everything down into, right-wrong, good-bad stuff?
Meaning, the best our flesh is capable of producing is MORE flesh.

Both sons were indeed sons, but were in fact lost to the knowledge of the Fathers love for them.
Their flesh was ruling them.
Outside of Christ it is either sinful flesh, or religious flesh, bottom line, it's ALL flesh.

Oh how our Father longs to have the fruit of the spirit, aka, His personality expressed through each of those He has re-birthed.