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What Kind Of Son Are You?

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What Kind Of Son Are You?

There was a certain Father who had many sons and daughters. The children by now all lived on their own and seemed happy. He had treated them all so kindly that they doted on Him and often just stopped by His house to tell Him that they loved Him.

More often than not they would ask Him if there was anything they could do for Him. That always made Him smile. Sometimes they would say, “Father, if You see me doing something that displeases You… please let me know. You have been so good to me, that I want to spend the rest of my life doing things that please You. It made the Father’s heart rejoice to know His children loved Him.

One day two of the oldest brothers noticed that the youngest brother only came around the Father’s house on Sunday mornings about 10 AM and occasionally on Wednesday evenings around 7 PM when the special family meals were prepared.  He wasn’t always punctual, and they noticed that when he did come around it was only for food. Most of the other children came early before meal time to talk with their father and enjoy the comfort of His presence and love, and stayed late. The youngest son never came early, and seldom on time.

Once in a while, he would come to his Father’s house because he needed money or some help with a desperate situation. He would always show his thanks and appreciation for the blessing.

The two brothers watched one night as the youngest came late to the table where the others were already eating and with a sheepish look slid into his chair. They gave each other a knowing look.

The oldest said to the youngest, “How come you only come around the Father’s house when there are loaves and fishes on the table? How come you never want to just come and visit a while with our Father and enjoy His company? Man, you’re really missing out! There’s no one in the world more wonderful than Him! Everyone notices that you have plenty of time to go visit all your friends or do your fishing and hunting. Don’t you know that when the rest of us come to visit with Him that we see Him looking down the road towards your house? He watches you walking in the other direction from Him to be with your friends, or go do your thing. And, then when a need arises you have the gall to act as though you love Him so that you can ask Him for a favor, hit up for money and mooch off of Him. He’s always giving to you and you give nothing back to Him. What’s wrong with you? What kind of son are you?

The supper table grew quiet. A tear ran down the Father’s cheek. The younger son glared at his older brother and left the table. The children put their heads down fearing to see the expression on their Father’s face. They knew how much their Father loved the one who wouldn’t return His love.

 

 

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Written by Martyn Ballestero

May 11, 2019 at 7:30 pm

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  1. What a story. I’m ashamed to say there were many times in my past where that was MY story!! Oh, but I love going to my Father’s House to just talk with him and be in His presence!!

    Carlene

    May 11, 2019 at 11:07 pm

  2. What a beautiful example of our relationship with Jesus ( that is when we are being an obedient and loving son or daughter). I strive to be there every morning waiting to commune with him and show him my love. Thank you for this reminder!!!!

    Christina Kidney

    May 12, 2019 at 8:48 am

  3. Thank you! A reminder of how we should treat our father and his house! It’s too easy to be too busy! I too see myself at times, God forgive my selfish actions.

    Morris Dennis

    May 12, 2019 at 1:49 pm

  4. I too want to commend you for such a wonderful analogy of life around Father’s table. Fellowship with God and His children is important. We cannot afford to resort to other things and lose the meaning of honoring our Great God. May God help us to wise up and rise up!

    Brent Crosswhte

    May 19, 2019 at 6:03 pm


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