We are all familiar with the story of the prodigal son. This morning I would like to start in the middle of the story to make a point, so bear with me.
Luke 15:13-20; “A few days later the younger son gathered up all that he had and left. He traveled far away to another country, and there he wasted his money living like a fool. After he spent everything he had, there was a terrible famine throughout the country. He was hungry and needed money. So he went and got a job with one of the people who lived there. The man sent him into the fields to feed pigs. He was so hungry that he wanted to eat the food the pigs were eating. But no one gave him anything.
“The son realized that he had been very foolish. He thought, ‘All my father’s hired workers have plenty of food. But here I am, almost dead because I have nothing to eat. I will leave and go to my father. I will say to him: Father, I have sinned against God and have done wrong to you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son. But let me be like one of your hired workers.’ So he left and went to his father.”
Sometimes we ask for the blessing of God because we have our own agenda. It’s not that Gods not willing to bless us, He is. But He also knows our deep, hidden plans and what we really want to do with what He gives us. We think we’re pulling the wool over His eyes. We think that if we give large offerings, God will somehow know what we intend on doing with what He gives us, but when He blesses us, the first thing we do is satisfy the deep cravings of our flesh.
It’s not until the money’s gone and we lose everything, that we come to our senses and realize that our Fathers servants have it better than we. ‘If I can just go home and be a servant in the family business, at least I’ll have a decent job, a place to sleep and not be hungry anymore’. But there is one thing we are not nor will we ever be, a servant. We are sons and daughters, and though we may not think we deserve it after all we’ve done, it doesn’t change who we are.
Having my own agenda places me in a position I was never meant for; it renders me powerless. It shifts responsibility from God to me. Trading my agenda for my Fathers and surrendering to Him, I’m positioned for His power to work through me. It shifts responsibility from me to Him. Just as little children don’t work for a living but allow their father to provide for them, so we like little children allow our Father to provide for us. We are always His sons and daughters. That is what the devil is after and what he will never have, your DNA.
Father, I’m so excited to lay down my plans and purposes for Your Kingdom which is in me. Regardless of the mistakes I’ve made and the plans I’ve had, I will always be Your daughter, destined for greatness, backed by Your authority. I have dominion over everything because Jesus gave it to me. Give me wisdom and discernment so that I may know what to do, where to go and never be without Your grace and love. It’s in Jesus’ name I pray. Amen